- Battle of Albert (1914)
The Battle of Albert began on
September 25, 1914as part of the Race to the Seaduring World War I. It directly followed the First Battle of the Marneand the First Battle of the Aisneas progress toward advancing the trench lines to the sea continued.
French Tenth Armybegan to assemble at Amiens from mid-September and on September 25 began to push eastwards. De Castelnau, under the command of Joffre, launched a frontal attack on the German lines near Albert after attempts to stretch the line northward failed. De Castelnau was met with immediate resistance and counterattack as the German Sixth Armyhad reached Bapaumeon September 26 and advanced to Thiepvalon the 27th, in the midst of what was to become the Somme battlefield of 1916. The German aim was to drive westward to the English Channel, seizing the industrial and agricultural regions of Northern France, cutting off the supply route of the British Expeditionary Force(BEF) and isolating Belgium.
Neither side was able to make any decisive ground and the battle around Albert ended around September 29 as the fighting moved northwards towards
Arrasand Lilleand into West Flanders. This confrontation and those to follow were deemed draws as the fighting settled into prolonged trench warfare.
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