Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Ten Photos from the Nivelle Offensive of 1917

These are from the Times History of the War, which reveals little of the systematic disobedience after the failed offensive.  Click on the images to enlarge.  They are displayed at 580px and expand to 850px.


  1. Very good photos.

    Such a disaster. What a terrible failure.

    1. no more so than any other blood-spattered French (or other) offensive during 1914-17. Difference is that the Nivelle Offensive was hugely oversold, creating Great Expectations....which did not materialize.