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Ludendorff Offensive
Part of World War I
Date 21 March-18 July 1918
Location Northern France; West Flanders, Belgium
Result Tactical German success

Operational/Strategic German failure

Belligerents
Entente German Empire
The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along the Western Front during World War I, which marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914.

There were four separate German attacks, codenamed Michael, Georgette, Gneisenau, and Blücher-Yorck. Michael was the main attack, which was intended to break through the Allied lines, outflank the British forces which held the front from the Somme River to the English Channel and defeat the British Army. Once this was achieved, it was hoped that the French would seek armistice terms.

Although the operation achieved complete surprise and succeeded in gaining huge tracts of ground, the operation lacked a strategic goal, allowing the Allies to reorganize themselves, and counter attack. Although the operation was a tactical German success, it was a strategical and operational failure.

Ludendorff Offensive in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Staff Sergeant Alistair Walsh had been but a young boy when he'd first joined the British Army in 1918, making it to France in time for the Ludendorff Offensive.

Years later in 1938 and early 1939, Walsh found himself reliving the offensive as, in the early phase of the Second World War, the German thrust through the Low Countries seemed unstoppable.

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