ONLINE: 'Breaking Point of the French Army: The Nivelle Offensive of 1917' with Dr David Murphy
18 Mar

The presentation will be live and online. 

In early 1917, General Robert Nivelle emerged as the new commander of the French field armies. Against a backdrop of political squabbling, he prepared plans for a 'final offensive', assuring the French public that he had 'the formula' that would end the war in France's favour. The resulting offensive was poorly-conceived and hastily planned and the catastrophic losses that followed led to the outbreak of mutiny in the French army.

This presentation by Dr David Murphy will discuss Robert Nivelle and his ill-starred offensive, which led to the operation burden on the Western Front shifting to the British Army for the remainder of 1917. 

Above Image : French Schneider CA1 tanks on their way to the station to be entrained for the April 1917 offensive in the neighbourhood of Rheims, April 1917. © IWM Q 56454

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The talk will be undertaken using the 'Zoom' software which is freely available. It may not be necessary to load the software to your PC / iPad etc: but we would recommend doing so if you wish to participate in this event.


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ONLINE: 'Breaking Point of the French Army: The Nivelle Offensive of 1917' with Dr David Murphy,
18 Mar 2024 20:00