First World War

Demolishing the Hindenburg Line

With the start of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918 there was a seismic shift in the character of the First World War. It was as if two boxers who for the opening rounds had fought in a clinch were now standing back and swinging wildly, first Germany, then as it tired, the Allies, each looking for a knockout blow. The nature of war had changed. Attack had supplanted defence as the dominant phase of war. Advances that had been measured in metres were now of kilometres. Infantry attack dispersed, while it was now artillery fire that was concentrated.…

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