TimelineMapsSearch QuotationsSearch Images

Follow us through the World War I centennial and beyond at Follow wwitoday on Twitter

Soissons Offensive and the German Command Crisis

In mid-January 1915, the Germans launched an offensive north of Soissons, France.
Text:
Westl. Kriegschauplatz, Angriffe bei Crouy und Cuffies
Western Front, assaults on Crouy and Cuffies
Series 38/3
Reverse:
Ausgabe des Kriegsfürsorgeamtes Wien IX.
Zum Gloria-Viktoria Album
Sammel. u. Nachschlagewerk des Völkerkrieges
War Office Assistance Edition, Vienna IX
For Gloria Victoria album
Collection and reference book of international war

In mid-January 1915, the Germans launched an offensive north of Soissons, France.

Image text

Westl. Kriegschauplatz, Angriffe bei Crouy und Cuffies



Western Front, assaults on Crouy and Cuffies



Series 38/3



Reverse:

Ausgabe des Kriegsfürsorgeamtes Wien IX.

Zum Gloria-Viktoria Album

Sammel. u. Nachschlagewerk des Völkerkrieges



War Office Assistance Edition, Vienna IX

For Gloria Victoria album

Collection and reference book of international war

Other views: Larger

The Germans attacked at Soissons January 12 to 15, 1915 and in the Argonne the same month. German Commander-in-Chief Erich von Falkenhayn planned to concentrate troops for a significant offensive in Champagne, but Paul von Hindenburg demanded that they instead be sent to the Russian front, threatening resignation if he was refused. Kaiser Wilhelm crumbled in the face of Hindenburg's demands and, as Supreme War Lord, overrode Falkenhayn undermining both men's authority.

This command crisis would play out for the next 18 months before Hindenburg achieved his goal of overall command.

1915-01-12

1915-01-15