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“With superhuman inhumanities, Long-famous glories, immemorial shames— And crawling slowly back, have by degrees Regained cool peaceful air in wonder— Why speak they not of comrades that went under?”

(Wilfred Owen – Spring Offensive)

The offensive launched by the German army in the spring of 1918, which went down in history as the Kaiserschlacht, the Kaiser’s or Emperor’s Battle, represented General Ludendoff’s last opportunity to reverse the fate of the...
"I confess I stick to it more because I see nothing better, and because my instinct prompts me to stickto it, than to any convincing arguments by which I can support it."
(From a letter of Sir William Robertson - Chief of the Imperial General Staff - to Douglas Haig)

Christmas Truce: A German testimony
Leutnant Johannes Niemann,
133rd Royal Saxon Regiment
We came up to take over the trenches on the front between Frelinghien and Houplines, where our regiment and the Scottish Seaforth Highlanders were face to face. It was a cold starry night and Scots were a hundred or so meters in front of us in their trenches where, as we discovered, like us they were up to their knees in mud. My Company Commander and...
Christmas Day 1914 saw a miracle: in Flanders, thousands of enemy soldiers put down their weapons and exchanged greetings. It was the last flash of humanity before the horrors of the Great War put aside any fraternity.
In the spring of 1915, the German general staff was focused on the operations that were being developed on the eastern front and limited themselves to remaining on the defensive on the one in the west. Despite this, General von Falkenhayn decided to launch a limited offensive operation in the area of Yprés, in Belgium.
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