As the German advance moved south into France, a series of actions ensued known as the Battles of the Frontiers. Except for the fighting in the east in the Ardennes, where the French initiated the attack and suffered a nearly catastrophic defeat, these battles were setbacks for the Allies, but succeeded somewhat in slowing the execution of the Schlieffen Plan. Just as helpful to the Allies were two sieges that drew off substantial numbers of German troops who, otherwise, would have been available for the titanic Battle of the Marne coming in September 1914. The first of the important sieges was in Antwerp, which we covered in our 28 February 2014 entry. The second of these was at Maubeuge in France.
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