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After the loss of a considerable amount of ground around the Ancre valley to the British Fifth Army in February 1917, the German armies on the Somme were ordered on 14 February, to withdraw to reserve lines closer to Bapaume. A further retirement to the Hindenburg Line (Siegfriedstellung) in Operation Alberich began on 16 March 1917, despite the new line being unfinished and poorly sited in some places. The British and French had advanced about 6 mi (9.7 km) on the Somme, on a front of 16 mi (26 km) at a cost of 419,654 to 432,000 British and about 200,000 French casualties, against 465,181 to 500,000 or perhaps even 600,000 German casualties.

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>After the loss of a considerable amount of ground around the Ancre valley to the British Fifth Army in February 1917, the German armies on the Somme were ordered on 14 February, to withdraw to reserve lines closer to Bapaume. ⇒1917年2月の、英国第5方面軍によるアンクル渓谷周辺のかなりな地積喪失(奪取)の後、ソンムのドイツ方面軍は、2月14日にバポームにより近い予備戦線へ退去するよう命じられた。 >A further retirement to the Hindenburg Line (Siegfriedstellung) in Operation Alberich began on 16 March 1917, despite the new line being unfinished and poorly sited in some places. ⇒新しい戦線はまだ未完成で、場所によっては(武器などが)十分に据え付けられていないにもかかわらず、「アルベリヒ作戦」においてヒンデンブルク戦線(ズィークフリート陣地)への更なる撤退が1917年3月16日に始まった。 >The British and French had advanced about 6 mi (9.7 km) on the Somme, on a front of 16 mi (26 km) at a cost of 419,654 to 432,000 British and about 200,000 French casualties, against 465,181 to 500,000 or perhaps even 600,000 German casualties. ⇒465,181人~500,000人、またはおそらく600,000人にさえ上るドイツ軍の犠牲者に対して、419,654人~432,000人の英国軍犠牲者と、およそ200,000人のフランス軍犠牲者のコストをそれぞれが払って、(全長)16マイル(26キロ)の前線で、英仏軍はソンメ戦線の約6マイル(9.7キロ)を進んだ。

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