Vintage Video - French Foreign Legion Troops Marching, 1914
With war against Germany declared France rapidly mobilised her people for war, both in anticipation for implementingFrance's own war plan - Plan XVII, intended to recapture Alsace and Lorraine from Germany - and in defence against Germany's own war strategy, the Schlieffen Plan.
Overseeing the French Army in all of this was Joseph Joffre, the somewhat autocratic Commander-in-Chief.
Use the player above to view footage of French Foreign Legion troops on the march in August 1914.
3 British Officers were executed by courts martial during the war, as opposed to 316 Private soldiers and 24 Non-Commissioned Officers. The vast majority were for desertions.
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