The Battle of Marne

September 5, 1914 - September 12, 1914

The Second battle of Marne

July 15, 1918 - August 6, 1918


  • The Allied French won The Battle of Marne against the German's.

  • Both battles of the Marne were fought about 30 miles northeast of Paris on the Marne River.

  • The French had 81,700 deaths out of the total 263,000 troops involved in the battle.

  • The Germans recorded a number of 256,000 injuries but have never fully disclosed the number of deaths that took place during the battle.

Battle Summary

The battle of Marne began when Michel-Joseph Maunoury, general of the French 6th army, called for an attack on Germany's first army. At this time, the German forces were making their way into Paris and were drawing closer with every day that passed. Both of the battles of Marne were short but had a high impact on the overall outcome of world war one. The battle of Marne is said to be one of the most influential battles of WW1 because of the impact it had. Germany was making their way into Paris ready to attack and take over the capital of France. The French, however, had expected the attack a few days earlier and were able to make plans and prepare for the attack. This became a major turning point in the war and the allied French were able to regain their lead in the war. The second battle was just as hurtful on the countries but also just as effective. During the second battle of the Marne France, the US, the UK, and Italy joined together to counterattack the German forces. This lead to the Germans being overwhelmed and them ultimately losing the battle and losing hundreds of thousands of troops in the battle as well. Without the Battle of the Marne the end results of world war one could have been drastically different.

Generals in charge during the Battle of Marne

Other important leaders present during the Battle of Marne

Interesting Anecdote

Technology used during the battle

Map of the Battle of Marne September 6th - 9th, 1914

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Tour Information

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During this tour, you will be able to experience the different areas and trenches that were used in the battle of Marne. The tours are limited to 18 person groups to ensure the comfortable transportation and personal attention from your tour guide. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the city of Aisne to begin the all day tour.

Places to Stay and Things to do

With the battle of Marne only taking place 30 miles outside of Paris it is easy to find places to stay and things to do while not experiencing the battle itself. A few popular things to explore while in Paris would include visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.