Vintage Video - French Troops Marching, 1914

With war against Germany declared France rapidly mobilised her people for war, both in anticipation for implementing France'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 troops on the march in August 1914.

"Suicide Ditch" was a term used by British soldiers to refer to the front-line trench.

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