The Battle of the Marne is also known as the Miracle of the Marne. This was the first battle in the World War I that was fought from 5 to 12 September 1914. It was fought between Allied forces and the German Empire. The German forces in this battle were led by Chief of Staff Helmuth von Moltke the Younger. The Battle of the Marne was a culmination of the advance of the German empire into France. The counter attack was conducted by the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) and sic French field armies. It was fought along the Marne River. The French and British forces won, making the German forces abandon their post and retreat. This battle set the stage of trench warfare.
The Allied forces had 1.071.000 soldiers (39 French divisions and 6 British divisions). They lost 263.000 soldiers. 81.700 of them were killed in action. On the other side, The German Empire had on its disposal 1.485.000 soldiers. Their army consisted of 24 German divisions. The German Empire lost: 100 machine-guns, 30 guns and 11.717 prisoners.
The First battle of the Marne was fought from 5 to 12 September 1914. During this part, there were 3 major actions. The Battle of the Oucq (5-9 September); the Battle of the Two Morins (6-9 September) and the Battle of the Saint-Gond Marshes (6-11 September). Also, the Battle of Marne included many ancillary engagements. At the beginning of this battle, both sides planned to have a short battle, but they were disappointed. This battle was the second longest battle on the Western Front (the longest battle was the Battle of the Frontiers).