Race to the Sea
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Race to the Sea

Popular metaphor for the military operations on the northern flank of the Western Front between September 15 and late October 1914, in the course of which both sides hoped to outflank the opponent, and which eventually came to an end with the onset of positional warfare in November of 1914. Following the German withdrawal to the Marne, the new chief of the Supreme Army Command (Oberste Heeresleitung, OHL), General Erich von Falkenhayn, planned to renew the offensive on the German rig…

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “Race to the Sea”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0483>
First published online: 2015



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