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The War In The Trenches Really Began In
the fall of 1914, after the race to the Sea. For nearly 3. 5 years since then, the Western front has been in stalemate, despite a death toll in the millions, but this week that finally changes. This week, the Germans break through. I
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War. Last week two new offensive began, a minor British one in Palestine, and the mother of all offensives by the Germans on the Western Front, which broke through the British lines. Both attacks continued this week. The British took Salt” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Es Salt on the 25th and advanced on Amman, but it was a fiasco. .
The Camels Could Not Make The Climb
to Salt, and when the attack on Amman began the 27th,. The men were exhausted and the week ended without any successes. . But someone was still seeing success over on the Western Front. A side note from that front first.
Back On The 21St, Shells Began To
fall on Paris. These came from one of the UK Guns , specially made by Krupp for the Germans, to fire on that city from a distance of over 100km. . The shells took four minutes to arrive and were the first manmade objects to reach the stratosphere.
When Aiming The Guns, The Curvature
of the earth must even be considered. The worst Paris Gun incident happened the 29th, when a shell collapsed the roof of a church during Good Friday services. 91 died and 68 were wounded. As for the rest of the German attack. .
They Crossed The River Somme And The
Crozat Canal Since the British hadnt been able to blow the Bridges, and General Hugh Gough and the British 5th Army continued their hasty. retreat. The Kaiser declared, the battle won, the English utterly defeated.
And, as you may imagine, the Allies were seriously worried at the speed of the German advance. The amazing progress so far had mostly been by Oskar Hutier and the German 18th Army, but by the 23rd, Even Georg von Marwitz s forward troops were over 20km past their starting points in the British center. .
Philippe Petain And The French Had By
now sent 13 divisions to help stop the disintegration of Goughs Army, but as they began to arrive they too were pushed back. By. The 24th, the entire British line was pulling back. British UK.
David Uk Asked The British Ambassador
to Washington, Lord Reading, to explain the situation of the British manpower to President WilsonNK]NK] should appeal to the President to drop all questions of interpretation of past agreements and send over infantry as fast. As fast as possible without transport or other encumbrances. . The situation is undoubtedly critical, and if America delays now, she may be too late! Wilson received Reading at the White House, acknowledged the severity of the situation and asked what to do.
Reading Told Him To Send A Direct
order to Commander John. Pershing that the American troops in France should be put in brigades with French and British troops, without waiting until they had sufficient numbers to make their own brigades. . Wilson said that under the UK Constitution he had the power to decide without consulting his cabinet, and he would give the order. Pershing had been planning to make war.
In 1919, But Operation Michael-The Code
name for the breakthrough part of the German offensive-had changed his mind too. At. The end of the week, he will invite the Allies to use American troops. American troops however, they see fit, and the Americans will finally really be part of the fight. The Germans by now threatened to drive a wedge between the British and French armies.
Over 40,000 Allied Prisoners Had Been
taken. The British line east of Amiens was in danger of being overrun, and if Amiens-a vital communications hub-fell, the British army would be cut off from the ports of Rouen and Le Havre, not to mention being separated from the French. A special force of 3,000 men was assembled to help hold the line. . This force included 500 American railway engineers, thrown in out of desperation.
German Quartermaster General Erich Ludendorff, Did Not,
West On A Line To Between
Meyer thinks the only explanation for this is that Ludendorff thought he could beat both his enemies at once with separating and enveloping movements. . This was beyond German capability, though, UK brings to mind the campaigns of Conrad von Hötzendorf, who had wrecked theNK] armies with theoretically brilliant but unrealistic lunges at instant glory.
On March 25Th, The Germans Broke
through between the British and French armies, and took Noyon and Bapaume. That Day, the decision was made in the Allied High Commands to give French Marshal Ferdinand Foch overall command of the forces. There s Some detail behind this. This.
British Commandeer Douglas Haig Had Learned
to his dismay that if the Germans continued to advance, the French would fall back to the South, and the two allies would be truly split.. This was not Petain s choice-he had been ordered by the French cabinet to defend Paris at all costs and as sole priority. Haig also knew, though, that if there was a Supreme Commander of the Entente forces, Foch would likely get the job, and he would be much more willing to advance north instead of retiring South, so he was all for it.
The 26th, Foch was given responsibility for the Western Front. The first thing he did was order the French army holding ST. Mihiel to head to Amiens. .
Petain Suggested A Line 30Km Back And Not
in front of the town., Foch said, UK must fight in front of Amiens. We must. must stop where we are now. As.
We Have Not Been Able To Stop The
Germans on the Somme, we must not retire a single centimeter! Ludendorff finally realized how major Amiens was. He ordered Marwitz to link his left with Hutier s right and take it. But.
The Germans Were Also Hitting The French
hard at the Aisne. In fact, they drove the French back across it and forced them back toward the Marne. It was September 1914 again. . On the 27th, they pushed the French from Montdidier, just 80km from Paris.
. . That Day, near Noyon,. The French stopped the Germans.
Also That Day, The British Took 800
German prisoners on the Somme. Okay, the gap between the British and French was still over 15km wide, but still. At. The end of last week, the Germans launched Operation Mars on both sides of the Scarpe River,, but this was a failure and was shut down immediately. On.
The 28Th, Gough Was Removed From Command
of the 5th Army and left the front the 29th. In the House of Commons a couple weeks from now, UK Will Skewer Gough and the 5th Army for their failure . The lack of manpower, the nature of the attack, and the fierce resistance of the defenders will go unmentioned.
- offensive began minor british palestine
- climb salt attack amman
- allied retreat continued
- offensives germans western broke
- war trenches really
Gotta Admit, For All Of His Shortcomings In
earlier offensives that Ive repeatedly talked about, I think this was very unfair to Gough. I doubt. There was a general on earth who could have held the line with what he had against what he had to face. Ludendorff, for all of the gains, was seeing the real weakness of his attack force by the middle.
Of The Week,.
He wasn t able to pursue and run down the defeated British. The German cavalry was still in the east with the big open spaces. .
t have tanks or enough armored cars to do anything quickly. . Germany had no access to rubber, and the steel wheels of the cars he did have destroyed the roads they used. Hutier
S Men Could Only Go As Fast As They
could walk, and theyd been walking-and fighting-for a week. Now. Still, on the 26th and 27th, they advanced 30 km total and toward the end of the week, the Allied retreat continued everywhere except Amiens, where the French and British reserves were pouring in, and the Germans were waiting for their heavy guns to catch up. As the week ended, all the focus, and the entire meaning, the entire value of Operation Michael, was on Amiens.
Amiens. The world was watching. One of the British soldiers killed during the fighting on the 24th, was Lieutenant UK UK, son of the novelist UK He wrote the short poem, UK which I ll close with Here.
Opel Fires In The Western Sky, For That
which is written must ever be, And a bullet comes droning, whining by, To the heart of a sentry close to me. For some go early, some go late A dying scream on the evening air. And who is there that believes in fate As a soul goes out in the sunset Flare If you want to learn more about the Race to the Sea in 1914, you can check out our weekly episode about that right here. Our Patreon supporter of the week is Alicia Ashby-your continued support on Patreon is what makes this show possible and we are grateful for every. Every dollar you can spare.
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The war in the trenches really began in the fall of 1914, after the race to the Sea . For nearly 3.5 years since then, the Western front has been in stalemate, despite a death toll in the millions, but this week that finally changes . Last week two new offensive began, a minor British one in Palestine, and the mother of all offensives by the Germans on the Western Front, which broke through the British lines . Both attacks continued this week. The British took Es Salt on the 25th and advanced on Amman, but it was a fiasco. The men were exhausted and the week ended without any successes.&. The worst Paris Gun incident happened the 29th, when a shell collapsed the roof of a church during Good Friday services.& 91 died and 68 were wounded.& As for the rest of the German attack, the Germans crossed the River Somme and the Crozat Canal.& They crossed the river Somme on the 27th…. Click here to read more and watch the full video