During the Lake Naroch Offensive the Russian forces attempted an offensive against the German Army. The offensive was launched at the request of French Marshall Joseph Joffre. Its intent was to relieve pressure on the French forces fighting at Verdun, on the Western Front. The offensive at Lake Naroch failed due to a lack of adequate reconnaissance. This resulted in the Russian artillery's failure to destroy the well fortified German positions, which in turn led to direct infantry attacks against the German line that had minimal chances of success.