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World War One dominates the history of the 20th century Its effects were felt long after it ended Its uneasy outcome paved the way for a second and worse conflict World War One had many bloody battles and campaigns but in this essay I will discuss which battle was the most important Which battle was the most important one in World War One The theme of the war was a huge military effort that involved many battles and about 70 million soldiers 9 million of which were killed It is extremely difficult to decide which battle is the most important due to these factors Of the many important battles I have chosen to summarize a few and to choose one as the most important The first really important battle was the first battle of the Marne In this battle the heavily outnumbered French forces held off the first German invasion at the Marne River This battle forced the Germans to regroup North of the Marne and destroyed the Schlieffen Plan The Schlieffen Plan was the German plan of attack Its objective was to knock the French out of the war before Russia would conquer eastern Germany It unleashed three quarters of the German army in a giant westward sweep across Belgium and Luxembourg and then into a giant wheel South into France This plan accepted the risks of an early Russian attack on the eastern front so when the French destroyed it the German objective wasnt attained and it left the Russians with an open window for an attack The Russians took this opportunity and attacked which brings us to our second most important battle The Russians sent two armies into Germany that met in Tannenberg Due to an error one army arrived before the other but still had superior numbers The battle of Tannenberg was a lot like the First battle of the Marne In it and overwhelmed and outnumbered defensive
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