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The Battle of Nueve Chappelle

Neuve-Chapelle is a village situated less than a mile from the front line trenches and consisted of a smattering of houses at the epicenter of the British 1st Army’s line. The British hope to break into enemy positions, take Neuve-Chapelle, suppress enemy trenches by bombardments, and follow up by reaching Lille. to break into enemy positions, take Neuve-Chapelle, suppress enemy trenches by bombardments, and follow up by reaching Lille. It is the first time that the Canadian Expeditionary Force have been fully involved in action with the enemy.

The British attack on March 10 and make some advances but are reversed by the Germans who had time to muster reinforcements.

On March 12, the Germans bombarded Allied positions and counterattacked with 20 battalions. British units were prepared to push back but there was a further delay in the offensive complicated by thick fog. When the British attack was finally launched, it resulted in heavy losses. The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle was over. The British sustained 12,892 losses.

Photograph of the British battlefield in Neuve Chappelle  March 12, 1915

Photograph of the British battlefield in Neuve Chappelle
March 12, 1915

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