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Argonne Forest
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Argonne Forest

Densely wooded plateau between the Champagne region and the Côtes Lorraines (Meuse Valley), extending some 12 km east to west, and about 50–60 km north to south. In World War I it was the theater of a tenacious small-scale war of attrition that was being fought on the edges of the larger decisive battles. During the German advance in late August and early September of 1914, neither the German Fifth (operating immediately to the west of Verdun) and Fourth Armies, nor the retreating French Fourth and Third Armies, elected to march through the Argonne,…

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Werth, German, “Argonne Forest”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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