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Opening Battles of WWI. First Battle of the Marne (Sept 6-12, 1914). Germans invade Belgium to reach within 30 miles of Paris 150,000 French launch counter-attack creating 30 mile wide gap in German lines On Sept. 9 th Germans begin retreat

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Opening battles of wwi

Opening Battles of WWI


First battle of the marne sept 6 12 1914

First Battle of the Marne(Sept 6-12, 1914)

  • Germans invade Belgium to reach within 30 miles of Paris

  • 150,000 French launch counter-attack creating 30 mile wide gap in German lines

  • On Sept. 9th Germans begin retreat

  • Result: Schlieffen Plan ruined ending hope of swift German victory


The battle of verdun feb dec 1916

The Battle of Verdun(Feb.-Dec. 1916)

  • German offensive aimed at reaching Paris

  • Goal: Find target France would heavily defend; use massive bombardment and extend the battle

  • Begins with 21 hour bombardment

  • Between Jun-Oct, France counter-attacks aiming to reclaim forts

  • Result: Battle ends when Germany turns attention to the Somme


Aftermath of verdun

Aftermath of Verdun

  • French return to original positions

  • 540,000 French casualties

  • 430,000 German casualties

  • NO ADVANTAGE GAINED


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