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During the Second Battle of the Aisne (between 16 April and 25 April 1917), General Robert Nivelle attacked the German line along a front on the Chemin’‘s ridge. The defenders had found shelter in caves below the ridge from which they were able to dominate the ground over which the attack was made. During the entire battle, French forces lost approximately 97,000 men. The overwheming loss of lives with insignificant strategic gain was a disaster for Nivelle, who had already been short on manpower and in danger of mutiny.