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First Allied Military Conference at Chantilly

Map of the plan for the Allied Offensive in France showing the situation on September 24, the eve of the infantry assault. An Anglo-French would attack eastward in Artois (with the British at Loos) as the French attacked northwards in Champagne. From 'Military Operations France and Belgium, 1915, Vol. II, Battles of Aubers Ridge, Festubert, and Loos' by Brigadier-General J.E. Edmonds.
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Situation, 24th September 1915
Showing direction of the Allied offensive

Map of the plan for the Allied Offensive in France showing the situation on September 24, the eve of the infantry assault. An Anglo-French would attack eastward in Artois (with the British at Loos) as the French attacked northwards in Champagne. From 'Military Operations France and Belgium, 1915, Vol. II, Battles of Aubers Ridge, Festubert, and Loos' by Brigadier-General J.E. Edmonds.

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Situation, 24th September 1915

Showing direction of the Allied offensive

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At the end of 1915, the military commanders of France, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, and Serbia agreed to major and simultaneous Allied offensives on the Western, Eastern, and Italian fronts in the coming year, but not on a timetable for them. The conference came as British leadership was in flux. The commanders met beginning on December 6. Four days later Sir John French, Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) British forces on the continent, was replaced by Douglas Haig.

Weeks later, Joseph Joffre and Haig, the French and British commanders, settled on the fulfillment of the conference, agreeing on a joint Franco-British offensive at the Somme River where the French and British lines met.

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