The First Battle of Champagne (French language: 1ère Bataille de Champagne) was fought early in World War I in the Champagne poppy
of France, between the French and German Empire armies. It was effectively the first significant attack by the Allies against the Germans since the construction of trenches following the Race to the Sea during the autumn of 1914.
After minor skirmishes the battle began on 20 December 1914 and continued along a significant section of the front - from Nieuport to Verdun, and lasted until 17 March 1915.
Fighting started along the southern edge of the Sayon Salient (near Perthes), and spread to Givenchy (the Battle of Givenchy - 18 to 22 December), Perthes (20 December) and Noyon (22 December).
The battle resulted in little territorial gain, at a cost of 90,000 French casualties, and a similar number of German casualties.
The battle also fully demonstrated that cavalry (mostly used in December 1914 and February 1915 in this battle) would have a limited role in the war, relegated to the odd charge.
- http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/champagne1.htm First Battle of Champagne, accessed 03 Sep 2009
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