Learning Curve, The Great War
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Extract from a meeting of the War Cabinet, August 1918
(Catalogue ref: CAB 23/7)
  • From March to July 1918, the Germans under General Ludendorff unleashed five devastating offensives that captured large amounts of French territory and threatened to divide the French, British and US armies.
  • However, as this document from 13 August 1918 shows, the tide turned and the Allies began pushing the Germans back.
  • The British Army was now large, well-equipped and using extremely effective tactics. Artillery was accurate and cleverly used, aircraft helped the commanders to direct the battles and infantry were well armed and protected.
  • Success was often measured by numbers of enemy casualties and prisoners and big guns captured. These were important because they were so vital in warfare.
  • In the whole of the hundred days, Haig's armies took 188,700 prisoners and 2,840 guns. The French, Belgian and US armies combined took 7,800 prisoners and 935 guns more than the British.
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