Originally posted 2018-10-24 14:23:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Despite the rapid advances being made in France and Flanders by British and allied forces, following the gradual collapse of the German Army after battle of Ameins on August 8th 1918 there was no optimism in the High command of the allied nations that Germany would be defeated by the end of the year.
Sir Douglas Haig the British Commander in Chief on the Western front cautioned against too much bullish reporting of allied advances and German withdrawels.
Pulic ignorance today of the scale of the allies victory in the final 100 days is born more of the swift nature of the end game to the war and lack of publicity of place names unlike the sanguine reputations of the Somme, Passchendale and the Verdun that were seared in to the memory.
The Allies had plans for major fighting through to an estimated final defeat of Germany and her allies in mid 1919, when the rapidly expanding US forces could be brought into the battlefields. In fact, the collapse and defection of soldiers couples with political unrest and widespread starvation caused by the stranglehold of the allied blockade, meant Germany and Austria and Hungary would seek an amistace in October 1918.
The British and French governments offer of help from USA were rebuffed.They insisted on the complete exhaustion of the enemys ability to continue the war. An armistace was agreed on very harsh terms for the cessation of the fighting at 11am French time on November 11th 1918.