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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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Thursday, October 7, 1915

"At 1600 hours [on October 6] Castelnau ordered de Langle and Pétain to continue the attack the following day with the same objectives, but Pétain, concerned that his troops were 'very tired,' requested that only the two corps in his center continue the attack. Castelnau relented and ordered his army commanders to secure the terrain they had seized and to conduct only those local actions necessary to consolidate their positions. He then informed Joffre of his actions and said: 'the operation . . . has not succeeded. It can be resumed only after a new preparation, more complete than that which was accomplished on October 4 and 5.' Joffre had no choice. He approved Castelnau's actions and late on October 7 terminated the offensive."

Quotation Context

French Commander-in-Chief Joseph Joffre brought the Second Battle of Champagne to an end on October 7, 1915, part of the Champagne-Loos-Artois Offensive, the Franco-British autumn offensive in Champagne and Artois. The preparations Castelnau referred to were primarily an extended artillery bombardment that had, even over two days, cut the first line of wire in places, but not the second. By October 7, the French had only limited supplies of shells. The Champagne Offensive was manned by French and French colonial troops. The offensive in Artois would continue for another week, the French fighting the Third Battle of Artois, the British the Battle of Loos.

Source

Pyrrhic Victory; French Strategy and Operations in the Great War by Robert A. Doughty, page 195, copyright © 2005 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, publisher: Harvard University Press, publication date: 2005

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1915-10-07, 1915, October, Second Battle of Champagne, Champagne-Loos-Artois Offensive, Champagne