The battles of Champagne are many and complicated.


The area is broadly centered upon Reims and covers around 8,000 square miles and fighting took place in the area throughout the war. The First Battle of Champagne is generally agreed to have started with the French attack of 20 December 1914.


We deal mainly with the 1918 fighting east of Reims, the 15 July German Operation Friedensturm and the French 26 September attack astride Suippes which became the Last Battle of Champagne. Both of the latter involved American, French and Italian forces.


Our Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Western Front-South Guide Book describes a Champagne tour of just over 6 hours and includes a visit to the unusual Russian Memorial Church and a Big Bertha gun emplacement.