This is a 12 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War I - Key Battles - 1914 - First Battle of the Marne. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
As Germany began implementation of the Schlieffen Plan, it called for violating the neutrality of Luxembourg and Belgium in order to strike France from the north. Pushing through Belgium, the Germans were slowed by stubborn resistance which allowed the French and arriving British Expeditionary Force to form a defensive line.
Driving south, the Germans inflicted defeats on the Allies at the Battles of Charleroi and Mons. Fighting a series of holding actions, French forces, led by commander-in-chief General Joseph Joffre, fell back to a new position behind the Marne with the goal of holding Paris.
Allied casualties in the fighting numbered around 263,000, while the Germans incurred similar losses. In the wake of the battle, Moltke reportedly informed Kaiser Wilhelm II, "Your Majesty, we have lost the war." For his failure, he was replaced as Chief of the General Staff on September 14 by Erich von Falkenhayn.
A key strategic victory for the Allies, the First Battle of the Marne effectively ended German hopes for a quick victory in the west and condemned them to a costly two-front war.
The presentation covers the following:
Map of the Western Front
British Expeditionary Force
Kluck & Bulow
Casualties & Aftermath
End of Presentation
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