The relative quiet of the Western Front was finally shattered on March 21,1918, when the Germans launched Operation Michael, a desperate attempt to overwhelm British and French forces before American reinforcements could reach full strength.

From what I’ve read about the war, the Germans had been transferring forces from East to West since January, when it became clear that Russia’s role in the war was about over. However, their demands for territory in the east, including in the Baltic states and what is now Poland, meant the size of the occupation force was large as well, and they could have used those for combat duty in France.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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