THE BATTLE OF THE OURCQ AND OF THE TWO MORINS
WE have just seen in what fashion was fought out the first of the three enchained actions which between them determined the result of the Marne.
That first action we have called the "Grand Couronné." Its venue lay upon the extreme right, or east, of the French line. Its issue was decided by the 6th of September. But long before that date--by the 2nd, at least--the German armies had here received such a check as had convinced them that the mass of the French forces was gathered before them upon these eastern hills.
I have maintained that this error in the German judgment produced by the unexpectedly strong resistance offered by Castelnau upon the Grand Couronné is the first step in all that followed. If it did not cause, it seemed to render more secure the left wheel
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Publication information: Book title: The Elements of the Great War: The Second Phase: The Battle of the Marne. Contributors: Hilaire Belloc - Author. Publisher: Hearst's International Library Co.. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1916. Page number: 147.
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