Black Day of the German Army

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He who has not fought the Germans does not know War.

British Army military maxim

One hundred years ago the Battle of Amiens (August 8, 1918-August 12, 1918) was underway, a joint British and French offensive.  The Battle marks the beginning of what historians refer to as the Hundred Days Offensive which ended in victory in World War I for the Allies, a period of relentless Allied drives that tore the heart from the German Army.  Love them or hate them, the Germans have a deserved reputation of being good fighters.  It is therefore stunning to learn that of the 75,000 German casualties of the Battle of Amiens, 50,000 were prisoners.  Quartermaster General Ludendorff referred to August 8, 1918 when 12,000 German soldiers surrendered as The Black Day of the German Army.  By the end of the month Ludendorff was advising the civilian government to seek an armistice because the German Army had reached the limits of its capabilities.  The Fat Lady a hundred years ago was clearing her throat.

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