Is this the longest ongoing "centennial" celebration ever? Since 2014 our club has been playing through the battles of 1914 and here we are, in May 2016, just finally opening the Battle of the Marne! Tonight's scenario represents the action on the far western edge of the German line, closest to Paris on September 5, 1914. Here, von Gonau's Reserve Korps discovers the French are not retreating, but actually probing forward. Like any good German, von Gronau decides his best course of action is a spoiling attack of his own. Heavily outnumbered, he bumps into the French 6th Army in what will become just one sector of the massive Battle of the Marne.
SCENARIO RESULTS: The Germans manage to hold the line--barely--against the French 6th Army. Much like the historical battle, this represents a tactical victory for von Gronau, but a strategic success for the French. The Germans would certainly be compelled to withdraw at the end of the day given the state of their position here. Sometime in the coming months, we will be returning to the Marne for more of this epic engagement at the gates of Paris!
OCCASSIONAL BATTLE REPORTS, WHEN WE OVERCOME OUR LAZINESS & SEE FIT TO POST THEM HERE!