16th century. However, Chinese naval maritime influence would penetrate into the Indian Ocean until the medieval period. Such was the scale of the Claiming of Sleeping Beauty the victory that the English joked the fish were speaking French because of the number of bodies in the sea. The infantry offensive was launched by the German Fifth Army with one million men against a French force of about 200,000 men. From 21 February 1917 the German Army began a planned withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line from Artois (Arras) to the Aisne (Soissons a manoeuvre which was named Operation Alberich and which took about five weeks to complete. The French intent to invade was clear and Britain needed the Navy to defend its homeland. Themistocles trapped the Persians in a channel too narrow for them to bring their greater numbers to bear, and attacked them vigorously, in the end causing the loss of 200 Persian ships vs 40 Greek.
Their desire at that time was to carry out a separate offensive by American forces against the hamlet: Love Sick in Denmark danger posed by this salient. The French were moving north to the Sambre river and the Germans were continuing their advance to the south-west after the fall of Namur. The stand made by the French over the following months into the autumn and winter of 1916 became legendary. The Allied defenders comprised four French divisions and three tired British divisions in the Front Line, with 9 divisions in the rear as support. The length of German Front Line under attack stretched between the village of Gommecourt and the town of Pronne. By 4 September the German forces had withdrawn to the Hindenburg Line, the position from which they had advanced to make the offensives in the earlier part of the year. Many sea battles through history also provide a reliable source of shipwrecks for underwater archaeology.