Malmaison — The ‘Bite and Hold’ Battle

  • Matthew Hughes
  • William J. Philpott


The historian Cyril Falls dubbed the French army’s autumn 1917 offensive to capture the Chemin des Dames ridge — the Battle of Malmaison — ‘the perfect offensive’. In a meticulously planned and well-provisioned assault the French army threw the enemy off the commanding heights of the ridge in a matter of days. It was a striking contrast to its failure to take the position in Nivelle’s spring offensive.


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© Matthew Hughes & William J. Philpott 2005

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  • Matthew Hughes
  • William J. Philpott

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