THE BATTLE OF LA FÈRE CHAMPENOISE
THE third of the three great factors deciding the Marne, the latest and the conclusive one, was the central Battle of La Fère Champenoise, delivered by Foch against the Prussian Guard and the Saxon Army.
It is, of all the separate actions in this great campaign, the most important historically. It is, again, of all the great actions in the war, that one the general character of which is easiest to grasp; for it was decided by one single bold and successful maneuver. Unfortunately, it is also, as we shall see later, that one of all the actions of the Marne most difficult to establish in detail.
The description which has just been laid before the reader of the Battle of the Ourcq would leave a false impression upon his mind were it to stand alone.