chapter  3
The Battle Behind the Lines: Aftermath of the Nivelle Offensive
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With the winding down of the Nivelle Offensive and the subsequent temporary lull in offensive operations after Pétain took charge of the French army, Estienne and his staff took stock. The situation for the AS did not look good, it was even rumoured within the organisation that it was to be disbanded and the men returned to their regiments.1 Although there had been a marked improvement in tactical performance between the first and second action, there was clearly much work to do in other areas. There were two main concerns, the tanks themselves and the training of the crews.