American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A river, about 523 km (325 mi) long, of northeast France flowing generally northwest to the Seine River. It was the scene of heavy fighting in World War I (1914 and 1918) and World War II (1944).
“The Marne" is dedicated "To the memory of Captain Ronald Simmons, A.E.F. who died for France August 12, 1918.”
“And I understand from my friend Mr. Mallow, whom, I think, you know, that Sir John is going to print some scorching anti-clerical articles founded on what he would call the Marne”
“As a result of this timely warning, all that the Emperor found south of the Marne were a few abandoned Prussian convoys and a line of burned bridges.”
“The Florians who live in Seine et Marne, which is thickly populated -- villages and châteaux close together -- were much struck with the loneliness and great stretches of wood and plain.”
“This last takes its name from the colour of its sand, which is red in several places: it is also called the Marne, a name given it by some geographers, but unknown in the country.”
“The Marne was a battlefield which was reached by chance and fought over by hazard, but every foot of the Lorraine country had been studied for the fight long years in advance.”
“I believe the battle of the Marne was the decisive battle of the war, in that it shattered this plan, and that the rest of the 1914 fighting was”
“One fact only too evident to anybody who has followed in German footsteps through the valley of the Marne is the part that mere drunkenness had in this affair.”
“Still another reason for the German withdrawals from the Marne was the loss of the battle of Lublin by the Austrians, due not to the inferiority of the Austrian troops so much as to bad generalship.”
“The first factor of the battles of the Marne was the topographical factor, the consideration of the land over which the action was to take place.”
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