The Great Offensives
In 1915, the French and British launch a number of large-scale offensives on the
western front, hoping to pierce the German lines and thus to win the war. But in
trench warfare the defenders, equipped with modern weapons such as machine
guns, enjoy the advantage. On the battlefields of Neuve-Chapelle, Loos, Notre-
Dame-de-Lorette, and elsewhere in Artois and Champagne, the attacking poilus
and Tommies thus perish by the hundreds of thousands, but the Germans too
suffer huge losses . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.