By John Sheen

In March 1918 the German military introduced a sequence of offensives that introduced them very with regards to profitable the struggle. army photographers their develop and took many images of the operations as they improved. this is often the struggle obvious from the German viewpoint, British and French infantrymen lie useless at the battlefield, and Allied prisoners are escorted to the rear, because the German Artillery pound away overlaying the development of the Feldgrau.

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During the retreats of March and April 1918, many tanks had to be abandoned; their crews removed the Lewis guns and fought on as infantry. Here three tanks lie where their crews left them. A flamethrower is used to fight the tank that can be seen just above the smoke. A tank moves through the German barrage, most likely taken on a training area behind the lines after the tank was captured. A carefully posed photograph of the same tank, supposedly on fire after being hit; probably achieved by the use of smoke grenades.

Aerial photograph of fort Douamont at Verdun. By flying reconnaissance missions over this sector of the front and making the French think they would attack here, the Germans kept much needed reinforcements away from the other fronts where they were attacking. The cathedral stands high among the ruins of the town of Rethel. German infantry in the forest near Leiz. The forest has been destroyed by the artillery barrage. The remains of the French fort ‘Camp des Romains’, near St Mihiel. The Argonne front was relatively quiet compared to other areas and the troops were able to construct well-made accommodation for themselves; however throughout the period of the 1918 offensives the Germans kept making threats of an attack in order to pin down French troops on that front.

However the French assured them that the front was suitable and that things were quiet on that front. The troops arrived and were pleased with the front which, apart from a few raids, was quite quiet; the landscape was beautiful compared to the crater-strewn landscape of Flanders. But late in April the troops began to notice suspicious movement behind the German lines. There was great activity at night, sounds of marching troops and the rumble of wagons, and in No Man’s Land working parties could be heard whispering to each other.

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