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marneThe First Battle of the Marne

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When the war started, the French had gone all-out in their Plan XVII offensives aimed at recapturing Alsace and Lorraine, losing a quarter-of-a-million troops in the process and nearly losing Paris as well.

 

But the canny Joseph Gallieni, charged with defending Paris, had done so by marshaling his forces and looking for the right opportunity to strike back. The Germans gave it to him.

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