Beginning of the end of the war

In August 1918 an event took place that was indeed the end for the allies on the Western front in France and Belgium. The British commander in chief Sir Douglas Haig was able to launch a combined arms offensive on a 15 mile front east of Ameins.
The attack demonstrated the lessons learned over many years and brought into play the new weapon of the tank, as well as making effective use of the value of air power to dominate the field of battle. In his memoirs Erich Ludenforff the German Commander in chief would describe the day as ‘the black day of the German Army’.
The British fourth army under Sir Henry Rawlinson began a period of advance that would last for 100 days up to the Armistace on November 11 1918. Rawlinsons troops were joined that day by the Canadian, Australian and Third British corps with the French army operating across the river Somme to the south.
The Germans would come to describe Haigs assault as the tank battle. Four hundred and thirty tanks advanced on the first day. They would be employed in lesser numbers on the following days as the new weapon was prone to regular breakdowns. Nonetheless, their impact was made on day one of the offensive.
Germany would soon reach exhaustion as an internal unrest and a breakdown of morale in the army would hasten the end that came in less than 40 days.

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