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Did the German breakthrough of 1918 (when it finally ran out of momentum) suffer a similar fate to the Ypres Salient, such as being shelled from multiple angles including the rear? or was the salient too wide?


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There is a source which, to my exasperation, I cannot identify. I think it might have been Crutwell.

He refers - IIRC - to the fate suffered by the Germans who occupied a huge salient in Picardy after the advance of the spring in 1918 ; the comment he makes alludes to the shock of the men he commanded when they regained these positions and beheld the enormous German cemeteries. The implication being that the Germans were indeed subjected to sustained and intense fire from front and flank.

Phil (PJA)

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