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Second Battle of Champagne

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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The Second Battle of Champagne was part of General Joseph Joffre's Champagne-Loos-Artois Offensive for the fall of 1915, and the second of three Battles of Champagne.

On September 25, 1915, after a four-day bombardment, as the British and French launched attacks in Artois - the British in the Battle of Loos, and the French to the south on their right in the Third Battle of Artois - General Castelnau attacked with two French armies in Champagne.

Castelnau's troops advanced along a 15-mile front, achieving a “notable victory”, and Pétain suspended his attack after three days.

Responding to the directive of German Chief of the General Staff Erich von Falkenhayn to retake lost ground, the Germans counter-attacked on October 8 with a general attack along the Anglo-French line with four divisions, suffering heavy losses.

The French suffered 190,000 casualties while taking 27,000 prisoners and inflicting 100,000 casualties on the German defenders. Most of the Germany losses were in counter-attacks.

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Second Battle of Champagne is part of The Champagne-Loos-Artois Offensive, Autumn 1915.

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Statistics for Second Battle of Champagne (3)

Type Statistic
Casualties, German 100,000 German casualties
Casualties, French 190,000 French casualties
German prisoners 27,000 German prisoners