5th August 1914 to September
- The British
Expeditionary Force mobilised and dispatched to France
- All ports placed under
- Dover, Folkstone and
Harwich harbours and the Thames estuary mined
- All railway timetables
placed on a war footing - 23 troop trains per day head to the
- All Territorials
called to county Barracks to replace Regulars
- One fifth of all
British horses commandeered - hunters for the Cavalry, heavy
and dray horses for Artillery and Transport
- Hay ordered from all
The strategy of the
Central Powers suffered from miscommunication: Germany had
promised to support Austria-Hungary's invasion of Serbia and
Austro-Hungarian leaders believed Germany would cover its northern
flank against Russia.
Germany, however, envisioned Austria-Hungary directing most of its
troops against Russia, while Germany dealt with France.
This confusion forced the Austro-Hungarian Army to divide its
forces between the Russian and Serbian fronts, weakening both.
Belgium did try to join their army with the French but a large
part of the Belgian army had to retreat from the
Battle for Liege to man the Siege of Antwerp, where
they were forced to surrender when all hope of help was gone.
12 August: Austria
invaded and fought the Serbian army at the Battle of Cer
and Battle of Kolubara. Over the next two weeks, Austrian
attacks were thrown back with heavy losses, which marked the first
major Allied victories of the war and dashed Austro-Hungarian
hopes of a swift victory. As a result, Austria had to keep sizable
forces on the Serbian front, weakening its efforts against Russia.
Serbia's defeat of the Austro-Hungarian invasion of 1914 counts
among the 'major upset' victories of the last century.
Initially the Germans were successful in out-flanking the French,
particularly in the Battles of the Frontiers -
Alsace: Battle of Mulhouse,
Belgium: Battle of Haelen,
Lorraine: Battle of Lorraine, 14–25
Ardennes: Battle of the Ardennes, 21–23 August
Sambre: Battle of Charleroi, 21–23
Battle of Mons,
Belgium_ 4,500 German_
17 August – 2
September; In the east, the Russians invaded with two armies.
In response, Germany rapidly moved the 8th field army, from its
previous role as reserve for the invasion of France, to East
Prussia by rail across the German Empire. This army, led by
General Paul von Hindenburg defeated Russia in a series of battles
collectively known as the First Battle of Tannenberg.
The failed Russian invasion, causing the fresh German troops to
move to the east, allowed the tactical Allied victory at the First
Battle of the Marne.
20 August: The
French offensive into Southern Alsace, launched with the
Battle of Mulhouse, stalls.
The French, with assistance from the British forces, halt the
German advance east of Paris at the First Battle of the Marne
(5–12 September), and push the German forces back some 50 km (31
The last days of this battle signify the end of mobile warfare in
the west and the digging of entrenched positions built in a
"race for the sea" so that neither side could be
The Central Powers
failed to achieve either objective of the Schlieffen Plan, those
being to either significantly weaken the French Army or breach the
Verdun-Marne-Paris defensive sector.
However, the German army had fought its way into a good defensive
position inside France and effectively halved France's supply of
coal. It had also killed or permanently crippled 230,000 more
French and British troops than it had lost itself.
decisions had already cost Germany the chance of a decisive
outcome and, possibly, the war.
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