1918 The German Offensives (Images of War) by John Sheen

By John Sheen

In March 1918 the German military introduced a chain of offensives that introduced them very just about profitable the struggle. army photographers their enhance and took many pictures of the operations as they advanced. this can be the conflict visible from the German point of view, British and French squaddies lie useless at the battlefield, and Allied prisoners are escorted to the rear, because the German Artillery pound away overlaying the development of the Feldgrau.

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In the rear area near Cambrai a supply column moves toward the front The crew of a heavily camouflaged railway gun pose for the photographer. A heavily laden column of infantry heads towards the battle front. A German column passes a knocked-out battery position. Unused ammunition lies beside the gun in the foreground. British prisoners dig graves for the dead; on the left two soldiers check for identification. The man on the left is handing an identity disc to the German, who is making a note of the names.

Other units were sent out to cannibalise more severely damaged vehicles and to bring back spare parts for the workshops. At the German Army Headquarters, OHL, orders were issued that, in order to keep the enemy guessing as to where the attack would take place, each army should give the impression that they were about to attack. This was to be done all along the front from Alsace to the sea; in every area rumours, false reports, and movement of civilians away from certain areas took place. On the British front in Flanders, the Sixth and Fourth Armies made demonstrations of increased activity.

The British General Staff was not happy about the choice of the Aisne Front, for they knew that it was one of the sectors that the Germans had selected for an attack. However the French assured them that the front was suitable and that things were quiet on that front. The troops arrived and were pleased with the front which, apart from a few raids, was quite quiet; the landscape was beautiful compared to the crater-strewn landscape of Flanders. But late in April the troops began to notice suspicious movement behind the German lines.

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