Michel Joseph MAUNOURY

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World Wars & Contemporary Wars, Soldier in the First World War

FrenchBorn Michel Joseph MAUNOURY

Commander of French forces in the early days of World War I

Born on December 17, 1847 in Maintenon , France

Died on March 28, 1923 in Mer , France

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Manoury was recalled from retirement at the age of 67 in August 1914 to lead the so-called 'Army of Lorraine'. But his place in history would be made in a quite different sector of the front, much closer to home near Paris, during the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914.

An artillery officer by training, Maunoury was handed command of the seven reserve divisions that formed part of the Army of Lorraine. This army's mission was to reclaim the Lorraine territory, lost to the Germans in the Franco-Prussian War.


The main plank of Plan XVII (the French pre-war strategy for avenging this humiliating defeat and equivalent of the Schlieffen Plan) focused chiefly around the recapture of the coal-rich regions of Alsace-Lorraine.

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