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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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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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