Aisne



a river in N France, flowing NW and W to the Oise. 175 miles (280 km) long.
a department in N France. 2868 sq. mi. (7430 sq. km).
Capital: Laon.
Historical Examples

I painted this picture of the battle of the Aisne from a captive balloon.
The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915 Various

The credit for the crossing of the Aisne lies with the British troops.
The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII) Various

The world thinks so yet, perhaps, but the conditions along the Aisne do not justify that belief.
America’s War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell

The second phase of the battle of the Aisne contained two factors.
The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII) Various

Just think, Vera, what only a handful of American women have accomplished here in the Aisne valley!
The Campfire Girls on the Field of Honor Margaret Vandercook

But why, since they were about to fall back, had they advanced to the line of the Aisne?
The Downfall Emile Zola

June 18French improve their positions in local operations in the Aisne region.
New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol. 8, Pt. 2, No. 1, July 1918 Various

On the Aisne they were first used to observe for the artillery.
The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.

The boche guns were after some of the Aisne bridges, the railway station, or a big supply depot in the city.
With the Doughboy in France Edward Hungerford

Before the battle of the Aisne ended he had won his victory.
The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.

noun
a department of NE France, in Picardy region. Capital: Laon. Pop: 535 326 (2003 est). Area: 7428 sq km (2897 sq miles)
a river in N France, rising in the Argonne Forest and flowing northwest and west to the River Oise: scene of a major Allied offensive in 1918 which turned the tide finally against Germany in World War I. Length: 282 km (175 miles)

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