Chemin des Dames
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Chemin des Dames

A prominent ridge running north of the River Aisne between Vailly and Craonne (département Aisne) with a paved promenade dating from the 18th century.

German troops held the Chemin des Dames since the start of trench warfare and had taken up defensive positions along the steep slopes and in the numerous caves underlying the ridge. It was not until the Nivelle Offensive was launched in 1917 that the Chemin des Dames became a military focal point. From the middle of April the French Sixth Army commanded by …

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “Chemin des Dames”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0122>
First published online: 2015



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