29/9/1915 Champagne: Germans counterattack, French hopes fade

At Loos the British have for now given up their efforts to smash through the German lines, but in Champagne the French have been pressing on. Yesterday they had some successes in their assaults on the German reserve line of trenches. At great cost they managed to breach the line in a number of places. Unfortunately today the Germans counterattack and recapture much of the lost ground.

The intense fighting since the launch of the offensive means that the French are now running low on artillery shells. Joffre orders a temporary halt to further attempts to break the German line, until ammunition stocks have been replenished and fresh troops brought up to the frontline. Fearing further German counterattacks he also orders that the gains made thus far are to be made secure.

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