Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Commemorating the Battle of the Marne

France's victory in the 1914 Battle of the Marne brought out a powerful emotional upsurge in the nation. The combination of relief and a restored confidence that victory could be found resulted in many publications commemorating the battle, its anniversary, and the commander-in-chief, Joseph Joffre.  This surge mostly lasted until 1916's Battle of Verdun and the grimmer times of the late war.  Afterward, however, the Marne would be remembered as France's greatest victory of the Great War.

Joffre: Forever the Architect and Victor of the Marne

Joffre's Message to the Army

Where the Battle Was Fought

The British Contribution Wasn't Forgotten

Victory Medallion

One-Year Anniversary on the Battlefield Near Villeroy

Postwar Children's Book Remembers the Battle

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