Battle of Soissons (1918)
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The Battle of Soissons (also known as the Battle of the Soissonnais and of the Ourcq (French: Bataille du Soissonnais et de L'Ourcq)* was a World War I battle, waged from 18–22 July 1918, between the French (with American assistance) and German armies.
*Le Soissonnais is the area surrounding the city of Soissons. The Ourcq is a river about 30 miles (48 km) to the south.
Ferdinand Foch, the Allied Supreme Commander, launched the offensive on 18 July; 24 French divisions and 2 U.S. divisions under French command, supported by approximately 478 tanks, sought to eliminate the salient that was aimed at Paris.
The Allies suffered 107,000 casualties (95,000 French and 12,000 American), while the Germans suffered 168,000 casualties.
The battle ended with the French recapturing most of the ground lost to the German Spring Offensive in May 1918.
- The Second Battle of the Marne, firstworldwar.com, accessed 3 September 2009
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