Champagne
(1,284 words)

Champagne

With the onset of positional warfare the front between Reims and the Forest of Argonne became the theater for two major French offensives in 1915. The battles in Champagne saw the emergence of what came to be known in Germany as Materialschlachten (battles of matériel). These were characterized by artillery bombardments which would last for several days and would rise in intensity to the level of a continuous barrage (Trommelfeuer). The intention was to bring about the utter demoralization and material attrition of the enemy, which would then be followed…

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Werth, German, “Champagne”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0120>
First published online: 2015



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