Today In History- July 15

Today In History- July 15 - Stories


Second Battle of the Marne last German offensive.

  • River Marne, France

In one of the last decisive battles of World War One, on July 15, 1918, the Second Battle of the Marne begins.  The Germans launched their last major offensive of the war near the Marne River, though were defeated with the overwhelming defensive measures incorporated by the French army.  Erich Ludendorff, Chief Quartermaster General of the German Army, believed that an invasion through Flanders would give the Germans a necessary victory over the British forces.  The purpose of the attack on the Marne River was to divert Allied forces from Belgium so Ludendorff could crush the British Expeditionary Force, their most violent enemies at the time.