The British and French armies were pushed back southwards.

The irresistible German advance pushed the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) southwards in a fighting withdrawal. Starting from Binche on 21st August, the 20th Hussars fought their way southward, through Mauberge, Moy and Mary-sur-Marne, some 120 miles (190 kms), by 1st September. Eleven days of hard fighting brought the BEF to the Marne, where they held the German advance and began a counter-attack. The German General, von Moltke, wrote in his memoirs “That the complete defeat of France in our first advance did not come off, was due to the rapid assistance given to her by England.”