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Loos


25 September – 13 October 1915

WW1 - Battle of Loos

On 25th September 1915 the British Army attacked in the northern coalfields around the town of Loos, just as the French attacked Vimy Ridge, and began a major offensive in the Champagne.

The Facts


  • Date: 25 September – 13 October 1915
  • Location: Loos, France
Countries Involved
British Empire German Empire
Countries Commanders
John French
Douglas Haig
Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria
Friedrich Bertram Sixt von Armin
Number of Casualties
Nearly 60,000 Around 26,000

Battle result: German Empire Victory

It was an important battle as it was the first time large numbers of wartime volunteers – men of the first 100,000 soldiers to enlist in Kitchener’s Army in 1914 – took part in a big battle. Successful in its early stages, it got bogged down in attrition and cost nearly 60,000 casualties by the time of the final phase of fighting here in October 1915. Among the dead were Charles Hamilton Sorley, war poet, and Jack Kipling, son of Rudyard Kipling, who was killed with the Irish Guards.

Infantry of the British Empire advance through gas at Loos, France

Infantry of the British Empire advance through gas at Loos, France

Learn more about this battle on the following Leger Battlefield tour