Champagne Ardennes was a former district within France, located close to the Belgian border and mostly corresponds to the historic region of Champagne which is famous for it’s white wine. The district was formed in 1956 and was disbanded last year to merge with the regions of Alsace-Lorraine and form the new district of Grand Est, thereby making Champagne-Ardennes no longer existing as a separate district.
During the Great War, it saw extreme heavy fighting as it was strategically important to both the Germans and the French with the frontline going through several villages that no longer exist in the real world. Like Haumont-pres-Samogneux in Verdun, the villages of Hurlus, Perthe-les-Hurlus, le Mesnil-les-Hurlus, Ripont and Tahure for much of the war. The Butte de Tahure was the main objective of the Autumn Offensive of 1915, with heavy fighting in the city of Tahure.
In April of 1917, the French alongside the British made a grand effort to wipe out the Germans and pushing through their lines on the Aisne front and a preliminary attack was to be made by the French at St. Quentin and the British to break through at Arras and to capture the high ground and force German High Command to divert their reserves on the French front at Aisne and Champagne. The main offensive was to capture the Chemin-Des-Dames ridge and the final objective of the Offensive was to rendezvous with the British and pursue the Germans.
The Franco-British attacks were quite successful and the British broke deep into the German lines, which was the deepest advance since Trench Warfare began in the Autumn of 1914 at the Scarpe River and Vimy Ridge meanwhile the French were bogged down at Chemin-des-Dames. Allied high command thought the Offensive was a waste of time so they decided to suspend the Offensive. As a result, Robert Nivelle was sacked and Petain entered and garnered command and the French command thought it best to adopt a defensive strategy. The Battle of the Observatories continued all summer long while in the Autumn, the French made a breakthrough and forced the Germans back across the Ailette Valley.
The lost villages of Champagne-Ardennes were completely destroyed and much like the fighting across Verdun, the land was too destroyed to build anything. The only thing that remains standing is the Church altar of the Tahure village.
Pris de Tahure takes place in the early pre-dawn morning in the winter of 1915, and it is an interesting map and on a simple level, it is just another version of Amiens if Amiens was a night map but it is much more then that. Pris de Tahure is a big city map with narrow alleys and large courtyards and it is extremely intense, especially in the Frontlines game mode. In Conquest, it’s more of a traditional run and gun situation with large groups of players hunting each other down in the small alleyways.
The city landscape offers alot of options for combat, especially in the ruined buildings that suits snipers and LMG’s. The flags are spread out in linear fashion with most of the combat taking place at the C and D flag and it suffers from the Giant’s Shadow curse where everybody fights in the middle and leaves the rest of the map empty.
I really like this map because it reminds me alot of Amiens: Dark where spotting flares and teamwork goes hand in hand. Frontlines works well here and is perfectly suited for everything except Operations, Operations doesn’t exist in this mode which sucks because it would work. Frontlines is tense here.
There’s really nothing left to say about the map except that sometimes it’s too dark to see anything or anyone in front of you and that causes some problems, but other then that Pris is a pretty solid map. Stay tuned tomorrow for the first look and first impressions at Battlefield 1: In The Name of the Tsar.