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Title: French Wounded, 1917

Description: French orderlies and nurses care for an overflow of wounded crowding a church that has been converted into a field hospital after the Second Battle of the Aisne (Nivelle Offensive; April 16, 1917-October 24, 1917). French losses at this battle were atrocious, one where French forces were cut to pieces by well-entrenched German positions in senseless front attacks. This offensive was ill-conceived at the start by Commander-in-Chief of all French Armies, General Robert Georges Nivelle, who believed he could, by sheer dint of numbers, split the German defenses. The offensive, launched between Soissons and Rheims, sent two French armies forward abreast along a fifty-mile front, supported by 200 French tanks that were knocked out early in the advance or broke down and counted for little or no support. Fort Malmaison was abandoned by the Germans and the French saw initial success in occupying the Chemin des Dames area, which the Germans also abandoned, but then Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorff unleashed many German divisions they had held behind their lines and drove the French back, inflicting great casualties. Nivelle's Offensive not only proved a disaster, causing him to be replaced by General Henri Petain, but sparked a widespread mutiny in the French Army, where 23,385 mutineers were convicted, but only fifty-five were executed by firing squads. Nivelle listed 96,000 casualties in his offensive, but most reliable sources place the French casualties at twice that number; German losses in the Second Battle of Aisne were 163,000.

Category: World War I

Keywords: WWI, World War I, Great War, First World War, field hospitals, nurses, churches, wounded, injured troops, French soldiers, French orderlies, French army, French military personnel, Second Battle of the Aisne, Nivelle Offensive, beds, cots

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1725 x 2047 (3.53 MPixels) (1.19)

Print Size: 14.6 x 17.3 cm; 5.8 x 6.8 inches

File Size: 10.13 MB (10,625,216 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048580

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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