Marne, 1914

The First Battle of the Marne was a battle of the First World War fought from 6 to 12 September 1914. It resulted in an Allied victory against the German armies in the west.

The Honour is borne on the Guidon of the 3rd Hussars.


The 3rd Hussars, along with The 4th Hussars, were part of the general advance that took place after the Germans suddenly found themselves over-extended because of their successes after Mons.

The Allied advance was so rapid that at one stage they could see a retreating German column in the distance but were too exhausted to try and catch it.

They crossed the River Marne at Chezy-Sur-Marne on the morning of 9 September. They were the advance guard of their Brigade and came across some enemy in the village.

On arrival in front of the village, they dismounted and attacked, driving the Germans into the arms of the 5th Cavalry Brigade who had swung across the front of the enemy, taking a thousand prisoners.

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