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First Battle of the Marne
The battle was a turning point in the First World War. Up to this point, the Germans had successfully penetrated far into France with a sweeping advance from the north. But on September 5, northeast of Paris, the French 6th Army under General Michel-Joseph Maunoury attacked German forces who were advancing on the capital. At this battle the French and British successfully halted the German advance, saving Paris from occupation. The German retreat that followed between September 9 and September 13 signified the abandonment of the Schlieffen Plan of invasion. In the aftermath of the battle both sides dug in, and four years of stalemate ensued.
Over 2 million troops fought in the First Battle of the Marne and more than 500,000 were killed or wounded.
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