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20th December 1914 - 17th March 1915 - First Battle of Champagne.

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20th December 1914 - 17th March 1915 - First Battle of Champagne. The consolidation of the trench barrier on the Western Front after the First Battle of Ypres (October - November 1914) did nothing to deter Joffre from seeking an early victory against the Germans and expelling them from French soil. ...read more.

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Quentin, would be the primary targets. Once the Germans began to weaken, a third offensive would be launched from Verdun, to cut the enemy's lines of communication south of the Ardennes. Joffre's general winter offensive began in Artois, where it made little progress, and extended along the whole line from Nieuport to Verdun. ...read more.

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The French Fourth Army made a few gains on the slopes of the hills of Eastern Champagne, but the smaller German Third Army demonstrated the advantages bestowed by the machine-gun and the trench on the defence. Although the fierce and bloody fighting was finally halted on 17 March with the French (like the Germans) having lost some 90,000 men, Joffre was determined to launch another attack as soon as possible. ...read more.

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