BF1: They Shall Not Pass: Beyond the Marne, First Impressions: The Finale

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The Aisne-Marne Campaign was a battle that took place during the Second Battle of the Marne in the summer of 1918. The Aisne-Marne Campaign was the second phrase of the Second Battle of the Marne where the French and the newly arrived Americans attacked Soissons.

The Second Battle of the Marne began as the last great German offensive on the Western Front and it turned into an significant victory for the Entente. After it became clear that the German Empire had failed in their aim to win the war with this offensive, but had also lost ground to the Allies and a number of German commanders, including the son of the Kaiser, Crown Prince Wilhelm already saw the end in sight.

The Second Marne Offensive was launched on the back and hitched itself to another push towards Paris which recaptured the Chemin des Dames ridge which was contested  ground by both the Allies and the Germans in years prior.  In the beginning of the Offensive, the German divisions including the elite Strumtroopen attacked the French Fourth Army to the east of Reims, while further more regiments attacked the French Sixth Army in the West. The attack in the west of Reims failed horribly, but the attack in the east fared better with German infantry breaking through the French lines and  crossing the Marne at Dormans. The Germans set up a bridgehead nine miles in length before the French ninth army alongside the British and the newly arrived Americans halted them on July 17th, 1918.

On July 18th, 1918, Ferdinand Foch who was the Allied supreme-commander was convinced that the mighty German Spring Offensive was finished. Together with Philippe Petain and Charles Mangin, he planned an all-out assault on the German flank of the Marne: With a force made up of the best units in the entire French army, including troops from Morocco, a battalion of Russian soldiers, and alongside the fresh American troops who had just arrived in France, they set out to the railway junction at Soissons. The attack began with an unheard force of 478 tanks, aiming to overrun the German positions and they allowed for a breakthrough causing the German forces to fall back to old positions that weren’t used since 1914 which was behind the Aisne River and the attack on Soissons would be one of the largest tank assaults in modern military history.

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Soissons is an interesting map, it follows the trend that most of the maps within Battlefield 1 have: It’s open, no cover whatsoever, and it’s just open countryside landscape that is very beautiful. In resemblance, Soissons is very similar to Giant’s Shadow where you have to take look at the ridges and the embankments, and have to take cover behind the piles of hay and ditches.

The reason why I say it’s very similar to Giant’s Shadow is because the layout is very similar to that of Giant’s Shadow, there is rolling hills, green grass, the village of Soissons that lays in southern part of the map, trenches and machine-gun emplacements alongside a railway hub which lays in the north, in the far back of the map alongside an artillery gun that causes major damage to the enemy force. The map also has a church ruins that lays on top of the hill and is one of the most contested points within the map area, the church is small and features close quarters combat alongside several ditches and embankments.

The map also has it’s own weather system, this is brand new to Battlefield 1 and it’s a thunderstorm. The thunderstorm turns the skies above black which makes out that you’re fighting in the night and the river that runs through the village floods and seeps through the river embankments and it’s an interesting mechanic that forces you to mind your surroundings as enemies can be hiding in the river or on the embankment.

The map is beautiful and I sense that this map will become one of my favorites within Battlefield 1 as it offers all kinds of combat, but mainly offering tank on tank battles but the map can be adjusted for your playstyle.

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During their Spring Offensive of 1918, German forces had crossed the River Aisne, capturing important bridges and capturing the town of Soissons. Here, the old trenches which was overgrown and abandoned, still spoke of the fighting of 1914. Those trenches would see use once more as the Allied counter-attack hit Soissons on July 18th, 1918 and in concert with the attack, the French and Americans attacked to south of Chateau-Thierry, putting a wedge between the German defenses and forcing them back across the Aisne-Vesles river. The stiff resistance of the German defense reduced the American divisions to half their strength, but despite the mounting casualties the combined Allied effort proved decisive.

The Second Battle of the Marne would become a major turning point within the war itself and it would become one of the most important victories of the war. The Second Battle of the Marne would mark the beginning of the end for the German Empire and the beginning of a series of Allied operations known as The Allies’ One Hundred Days Offensive that would begin at Amiens and would pave the way for peace and Armistice.

Rupture is a beautiful and breathtaking map that takes place on the River Aisne and River Vesles, it’s a map that is filled with poppies and overgrown trenches alongside pillboxes, bunkers, artillery guns. It’s beautiful and breathtaking, as the sun sets over Fismes and Fontenoy, the map itself brings a whole new meaning to combat.

Rupture is a large open map with trenches, a bridge that crosses the Aisne and Vesles, it has bunker and pillbox emplacements as well as a massive artillery gun that does heavy damage to the enemy team. It’s an uphill and downhill battle that will see you cross the river and push the enemy team back and finish them off, the uphill part starts off as flat land and as you keep pushing, you’re eventually met with a hill with zigzag trenches, barbed wire, machine gun emplacements, bunkers and pillboxes and it’s only one objective: As soon as you take that objective, the downhill part begins that crosses the river into the other side where there’s more trenches and a farmhouse.

Rupture has a stark contrast to any of the other maps because of it’s aesthic and the  feeling you get from playing the map.  It’s a map that is marked with the color red, the poppies bloom and is a map that is running with a river of blood as your teammates and your foes go down in a sea of red. Beyond the Marne is one of my favorite operations because it’s all about armored warfare, come back tomorrow for the first look and first impressions at Frontlines, the new game mode for Battlefield 1.

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