The Elements of the Great War: The Second Phase: The Battle of the Marne

By Hilaire Belloc | Go to book overview

VIII
THE AISNE

WE have seen that the 10th of September, Thursday, was filled with the general retreat of all the German line from the Argonne to the Ourcq. The morrow, the 11th, saw that retreat continued. Its first rally appeared at the close of the third day.

Upon the evening of Friday, the 11th, the end of the third day of pursuit, Maunoury's right had already come in front of Soissons; his left was in the Forest of Compiègne.

It was a day of cold, fine rain throughout the morning, turning to a regular downpour in the afternoon, and as the sun declined a strong wind began to blow. In such weather the German troops in Compiègne itself defiled endlessly out through the northern gate.

We have a vivid picture from an eye- witness of that nightly procession: The guardians of the palace watching through the

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The Elements of the Great War: The Second Phase: The Battle of the Marne
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Introduction 7
  • I - The Battle Generally Considered 21
  • The Great War 103
  • II - The Details of the Battle 104
  • III - The Battle of the "Grand Couronné" 112
  • IV - The Battle of the Ourcq and of the Two Morins 147
  • V - The Battle of La Fère Champenoise 191
  • VI - The Rest of the Line 235
  • VII - The Stationary Right Wing 265
  • VIII - The Aisne 284
  • Index 385
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