Battles - The Battle of the Frontiers, 1914

No Man's LandThe Battle of the Frontiers comprised five offensives launched under French Commander-in-Chief Joseph Joffre and German Chief of Staff Helmuth von Moltke's initiative during the first month of the war, August 1914.

The battles - at Mulhouse, Lorraine, the Ardennes, Charleroi and Mons - were launched more or less simultaneously, and marked the collision of both French and German invasion plans (Plan XVII and the Schlieffen Plan, respectively), each battle impacting the course of others.

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Battle Date
The Battle of Mulhouse Opened 7 August
The Invasion of Lorraine Opened 14 August
The Battle of the Ardennes Opened 21 August
The Battle of Charleroi Opened 21 August
The Battle of Mons Opened 23 August

Photograph courtesy of Photos of the Great War website

A 'whizzbang' was a high-velocity, low-trajectory shell that made a shrill approach noise and then a sharp explosive report.

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