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Guise or St Quentin

Battle Name : Guise or St Quentin

Date(s) : 29 August 1914

Part of : First World War , The Western Front ,

Outcome : A victory for French 5th Army over German 2nd & 1st Army

Type of battle : Land


Although hotly pursued by the German 2nd Army, the French 5th Army was ordered to turn and hold, while launching a flank attack against the 1st Army to attempt to relieve the pressure on the BEF.
For much of the day the Germans pressed the French back until Gen. Franchet d'Esperey's I Corps in reserve launched an expertly organised counter-attack which halted the 2nd Army and stabilised the line, buying valuable breathing space for the Allies.