1918 The German Offensives (Images of War) by John Sheen

By John Sheen

In March 1918 the German military introduced a chain of offensives that introduced them very on the subject of successful the battle. army photographers their boost and took many pictures of the operations as they improved. this is often the conflict noticeable from the German standpoint, British and French infantrymen lie useless at the battlefield, and Allied prisoners are escorted to the rear, because the German Artillery pound away protecting the improvement of the Feldgrau.

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Here German soldiers try to salvage un-burnt provisions. The destroyed village of Chavignon, just south of the Aisne Canal. German troops stormed through this village on their way to the heights of the Chemin des Dames in May 1918. This stores dump was totally destroyed before it could fall into German hands. From the air a reconnaissance pilot took this photograph of a burning dump with the smoke from the fire rising high into the sky. The infantry move forward in readiness to storm the crossing on the Aisne Canal.

Supposedly a photograph of the French troops in their front line. However it is obviously a posed photograph for people back in Germany. No front line soldier would have stood with his head above the parapet like that. Nor would a photographer stand up to take such a picture. 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.

Some units tried to press home their attack but were repeatedly cut down, suffering heavy casualties. Despite the German anti-aircraft guns the Royal Air Force carried out many bombing and strafing missions over the German lines. The crew of a heavy gun, with the assistance of some infantrymen, manhandle it into a fire position on the battlefield at Kemmel. A German howitzer battery at the opening of the barrage on Mount Kemmel. The guns have been brought forward across the crater fields to provide close support to the infantry.

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