All units in Diplomacy, be they armies or fleets, are equally strong. In an attack the advantage is always possessed by the defender who wins all ties. In this situation one can see a French army attacking a German army. Since they're both equally strong and the defending German unit wins ties, the French attack fails.
An astute reader will quickly notice that if all units are equal and all
defenders win ties, then the attacker could never win a battle. This is true
until one considers the support order which is discussed soon.
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