PACRIM Black Day of the German Army Wargame


PACRIM Black Day of the German Army Wargame

 

Canadian troops shelter in a ditch along the Arras-Cambrai road.

Canadian troops shelter in a ditch along the Arras-Cambrai road.

 

Smallish game of the Entente’s Aug 1918 offensive which massed 500 tanks and fresh forces against the German’s Amiens salient, giving the allies a true break thru. U.Blennemann’95

Background:  The German General Erich Ludendorff described the first day of Amiens as the “Schwarzer Tag des deutschen Heeres” (“the black day of the German Army”), not because of the ground lost to the advancing Allies, but because the morale of the German troops had sunk to the point where large numbers of troops began to capitulate.

The Battle of Amiens began on 8 August 1918 and opened a phase of the Allied offensive later known as the Hundred Days Offensive. This ultimately led to the end of the First World War. Allied forces advanced over 11 kilometres (7 mi) on the first day, one of the greatest advances of the war, in which British Fourth Army was playing the decisive role. The battle is also notable for its effects on both sides’ morale and the large number of surrendering German forces. Amiens has a place in the history of war because was one of the first major battles involving armoured warfare and marked the end of trench warfare on the Western Front; fighting becoming mobile once again until the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918.


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