Battle of Albert (1914)

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Battle of Albert (1914)
Part of the Race to the Sea on the Western Front (World War I)
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Course of the "Race to the Sea"
Date 25–29 September 1914
Location Somme, Picardy, France
Result Inconclusive
Belligerents
 France  German Empire
Commanders and leaders
France Noël de Castelnau German Empire Crown Prince Rupprecht
Strength
French Second Army German Sixth Army

The Battle of Albert (also known as the First Battle of Albert) began on 25 September 1914 as part of the Race to the Sea during World War I. It directly followed the First Battle of the Marne and the First Battle of the Aisne as progress toward advancing the trench lines to the sea continued.

The French Tenth Army began to assemble at Amiens from mid-September and on 25 September began to push eastwards. De Castelnau, under the command of Joffre, launched a frontal attack on the German lines near Albert after attempts to stretch the line northward failed. De Castelnau was met with immediate resistance and counterattack as the German Sixth Army had reached Bapaume on 26 September and advanced to Thiepval on 27 September, in the midst of what was to become the Somme battlefield of 1916. The German aim was to drive westward to the English Channel, seizing the industrial and agricultural regions of Northern France, cutting off the supply route of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and isolating Belgium.

Neither side was able to make any decisive ground and the battle around Albert ended around 29 September as the fighting moved northwards towards Arras and Lille and into West Flanders. This confrontation and those to follow were deemed draws as the fighting settled into prolonged trench warfare.

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Coordinates: 50°01′N 2°41′E / 50.01°N 2.69°E / 50.01; 2.69