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The German entrenchments on the line of the Aisne, to the north of Rheims and elsewhere, were made very strong and elaborate. The approaches to them were protected by barbed-wire entanglements of such a character as to make surprise night-attacks practically impossible. The battle, in its earlier stages at any rate, has been described as approximating closely to the conditions of a siege. As mentioned on the opposite page, the Germans directed much of their artillery fire at Rheims against the premises of the Pommery and Greno champagne company, whose buildings occupied an important strategical position.
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