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The way to the Western Front


The war from 1914 to 1918 is best known for its trench warfare, being the first of the “World Wars” and sowing the seeds for further conflicts. Not only the Second World War but also the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s and current conflicts in the Middle East can be traced to the settlement of the 1914-18 war.

The few weeks in August and September 1914 at the outbreak of war were different from what our picture of the Great War. They still shaped the upcoming four years of the conflict and consequently history of the past hundred years.

I wanted to explore these events more and the centenary was the perfect occasion for this.
Following the route the First German army took on its forced march on the right flank of the Schlieffen plan, led me to places where the important themes of the war emerge.

(click on the “i” map markers to access links to additional content)

Explore the markers on the map (“i” markers have links) and find out more about a journey from Aachen to the Chemin des Dames, where the attack ended and the static Western Front began.

Here is also a list of the individual posts from locations along the route of the First Army from Aachen to the Chemin des Dames:


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