Professional Custom Accounting: The Battle of Liège and the Battle of the Frontiers at the border of France.
· Following the outbreak of war in August 1914, the German Army opened the Western Front by invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gained military control of important industrial regions in France.
· These early German offensives include the Battle of Liège and the Battle of the Frontiers at the border of France.
· The tide of the advance was dramatically turned with the Battle of the Marne, in which French and British troops were able to force a German retreat by exploiting a gap between the 1st and 2nd Armies, ending the German advance into France.
· The resulting “Race to the Sea” had both sides establishing a meandering line of fortified trenches stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss frontier with France in an attempt to outflank the opposition.
· This line remained essentially unchanged for most of the war.