OVER the desolated white chalky ground of the Champagne the Second Division, as a unit of the Fourth French Army, won the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge. The battle was fought between October 3 and 9, 1918, and took place over ground that was scarred and shell-pocked by years of artillery fire, marked with huge mine craters, gridironed with an intricate maze of deep trenches and concrete fortifications, and covered with tangled masses of wire.
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