Bundle of 7 - World War I - Key Battles of 1917

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This is a bundle of 7 highly animated, power point presentations on World War I - Key Battles of 1917. All seven presentations together number 79 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

The Second Battle of the Aisne was a French attempt to inflict a decisive defeat on the German armies in France by an offensive of several French army groups. The attacks became known as the Nivelle Offensive and began on April 9th with the Battle of Arras.

The French attacks began on April 16 against the German-occupied Chemin des Dames ridge, some 110 kilometers to the north-east of Paris and south of the city of Laon. French losses were significant, with 187,000 casualties. The Germans suffered an estimated 168,000 losses.

Power point #1 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Second Battle of Aisne and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Western Front
French Objective
French Disaster
Delays & Leaks
Opposition to the Plan
French Casualties
Creeping Barrage Fails
Offensive Abandoned
Casualties
Aftermath
End of Presentation

The offensive was ordered by Alexander Kerensky, Minister of War in the Russian provisional government. The decision was ill-timed. Following the February Revolution, there were strong popular demands for peace, especially within the army, whose fighting capabilities were quickly deteriorating.

Discipline within the Russian Army had reached a point of crisis since the Tsar's abdication. The other troops, for the most part, refused to obey orders. Soldiers' committees discussed whether the officers should be followed or not. No orders were obeyed without preliminary discussion by the divisional committee, usually too late.

Far from strengthening Russian army morale, this offensive proved that Russian army morale no longer existed. No Russian general could now count on the soldiers under his command actually doing what they were ordered to do.

Power point #2 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Kerensky Offensive and contains 11 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Eastern Front
Russian Army Unrest
Karensky’s Goal
The Offensive
Russian Army Chaos
Advance Collapses
Aftermath
End of Presentation

Meeting at Chantilly, France in November 1916, Allied leaders discussed plans for the upcoming year. Having fought bloody battles earlier that year at Verdun and the Somme, they decided to attack on multiple fronts in 1917 with the goal of overwhelming the Central Powers.

Though British Prime Minister David Lloyd George advocated for shifting the main effort to the Italian Front, he was overruled as the French commander-in-chief, General Robert Nivelle, desired to launch an offensive in Aisne. Having gained key ground around Ypres, Haig was able to claim success.

Casualty numbers for the Battle of Passchendaele are disputed. In the fighting British casualties may have ranged from 200,000 to 448,614, while Germany losses are computed at 260,400 to 400,000. The Battle of Passchendaele has come to represent the bloody, attritional warfare that developed on the Western Front.

Power point #3 is entitled, War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Battle of Passchendaele and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Western Front
Making Plans
Haig’s Plans
Massive Bombardment
British Attack
Grinding Battle
Significant Progress
Advance Turned Back
Casualties
Aftermath
End of Presentation

In the late spring of 1917, with the French offensive along the Aisne bogging down, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force, sought a way to relieve pressure on his ally. Having conducted an offensive in the Arras sector of the lines in April/May, Haig turned to General Sir Herbert Plumer who commanded British forces around Ypres.

Since early 1916, Plumer had been developing plans for an attack on Messines Ridge southeast of the town. The capture of the ridge would remove a salient in the British lines as well as give them control of the highest ground in the area.

Power point #4 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Battle of Messines and contains 11 slides and covers the following:

Overview
Map of the Western Front
Mines With Explosives
Plumer’s Plan
Mines Detonated
Objectives Achieved
German Counterattacks
Casualties & Aftermath
End of Presentation

With the conclusion of the 11th Battle of Isonzo in September 1917, Austro-Hungarian forces were nearing the point of collapse in the area around Gorizia. Faced with this crisis, Emperor Charles I sought aid from his German allies. Though the Germans felt that the war would be won on the Western Front, they agreed to provide troops and support for a limited offensive designed to throw the Italians back across the Isonzo River and, if possible, past the Tagliamento River.

The fighting at the Battle of Caporetto cost the Italians around 10,000 killed, 20,000 wounded, and 275,000 captured. Austro-German casualties numbered around 20,000. One of the few clear victories of World War I, Caporetto saw the Austro-German forces advance around 80 miles and reach a position from which they could strike at Venice.

Though a massive defeat, Caporetto rallied the Italian nation behind the war effort. Within a few months the losses of material had been replaced and the army quickly recovered its strength through the winter of 1917/1918.

Power point #5 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Battle of Caporetto and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

Background
Lack of Preparations
Map of the Eastern Front
Poor Planning
Opening Bombardment
Italians Routed
Full Retreat (2)
Advance Halted
Casualties
Aftermath
End of Presentation

The Battle of Cambrai was a British offensive and German counter-offensive battle in World War I. Cambrai, was a key supply point for the German Siegfried Stellung and capture of the town and the nearby Bourlon Ridge would threaten the rear of the German line.

Major General Hugh Tudor, Commander Royal Artillery of the 9th Division, suggested trying out new artillery-infantry techniques on his sector of the front. J. F. C. Fuller, a staff officer with the Royal Tank Corps, was looking for a place to use tanks as raiding parties. General Julian Byng, commander of the British Third Army, decided to incorporate them into the attack.

The Battle of Cambrai, marked the first large-scale use of tanks for a military offensive. Led by General Julian Byng, a British force of 9 infantry divisions, 5 cavalry divisions, and 3 tanks brigades sprung a surprise attack near Cambrai, France, on November 20. The battle decisively demonstrated the power of tanks and altered the course of future warfare.

Power point #6 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Battle of Cambrai and contains 10 slides and covers the following:

Background
Overview
Map of the Western Front
Infamous Cambrai
Map of the Tank Battle
Keys to Success
Battlefield Forever Altered
End of Presentation

After the bloodbaths at Verdun and the Somme, the Allied high command elected to move forward with 2 offensives in 1917. The main assault was to be led by General Robert Nivelle's French troops at Chemin des Dames which he believed could end the war in 48 hours.

To support the French effort, the British Expeditionary Force planned a push in the Vimy-Arras sector of the front. Scheduled to start a week earlier, it was hoped that the British attack would draw troops away from Nivelle's front. Led by Field Marshall Douglas Haig, the BEF began making elaborate preparations for the assault.

The Battle of Arras is generally considered a British victory due to the capture of Vimy Ridge and other territorial gains, however it did little to alter the strategic situation on the Western Front. Following the battle, the Germans built new defensive positions and a stalemate resumed.

Power point #7 is entitled, World War I - Key Battles of 1917 - Battle of Arras and contains 15 slides and covers the following:

Background
Map of the Western Front
German Plan
British Plan
Battle Preparations
Moving Forward
German Failures
Consolidating
War of Attrition
Heavy Losses
Casualties
Aftermath
End of Presentation

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