First Battle of the Marne

French forces at the First Battle of the Marne
French forces at the First Battle of the Marne

Historical Context

The First Battle of the Marne took place 6th - 12th September 1914 and was a major turning point during World War I. It was fought on the bank of the river Marne near Paris in France and won by Allied forces.

The Allies, made up of the French army and the British Expeditionary Force halted the German advance and forced them to retreat, saving Paris, but leading to four years of trench warfare along the Western Front. Casualties were high with 250,000 killed or injured on the Allied side and a similar total estimated for the German army.

Photo Info


Location taken: Marne River, France

Related Events

  • 1914-09-06 World War I: First Battle of the Marne begins, French and British forces prevent German advance on Paris (till the 12th Sept)

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