The Battle of the Frontiers and the Retreat

  • Matthew Hughes
  • William J. Philpott


The largest and costliest battle of the First World War occurred in its first month, when the French and British armies marched north to meet the German armies advancing through Belgium. Collectively known as the Battle of the Frontiers, this 400-kilometre (250-mile) encounter battle, stretching from Belfort on the Swiss border to Mons, quickly exposed the flaws in France’s pre-war planning.


Left Flank Left Wing British Army German Army French Army 
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© Matthew Hughes & William J. Philpott 2005

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  • Matthew Hughes
  • William J. Philpott

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