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WW1 Battlefield Tours | German Spring Offensive 1918

The German Spring Offensives 1918

The Great War 1914-18



Throughout the war, the German army showed itself capable of developing new strategies and adapting to suit a situation. These abilities proved to be a constant source of surprise to the Allies and just when the British and French believed they were on the brink of making gains, the Germans would show they were far from being beaten.

After almost four years of war the stalemate on the Western Front still held fast, the Germans had received hundreds of thousands of reinforcements from the Eastern Front following the collapse of Russia after the Revolution and the country's withdrawal from the war. Some of these fresh troops were trained in new tactics in readiness for a series of planned attacks, known collectively as the 'Ludendorff Offensives'. Between March and July 1918 there were five operations; Michael, then Georgette after which followed the Blucher-Yorck, Gneisenau and Marne-Rheims attacks, the first three were the most powerful but the last two were more localised.

The first attack, Operation Michael, was launched on the 21st March across a front that would eventually extend over 50 miles from Arras in the north and past the town of Barisis. The main weight of the attack fell on the British Fifth Army commanded by General Hubert Gough. The effect was devastating as recalled by Captain C M Slack MC, of the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, who recorded how: 'By the end of ten days, the Fifth Army had gone back fifty miles and we kept doing counter-attacks, take that wood, lose it, take it again and so on. We kept going backwards and forwards, but it was always one step forward and three back'.

Operation Michael was concluded on the 5th April but it was followed four days later with the launch of Operation Georgette, which fell along Armentiers in the sector between the British Second and First Armies. It is this operation which our sample itinerary follows to examine the fighting which lasted for twenty days, in which time the attack which, at one point, pushed almost fifteen miles into the British lines and extended across a front more than 25 miles wide. Within the first 24 hours the Germans had captured Armentiers and made progress all along the front. The following day, Field Marshal Haig issued his Order of the Day in which he emphasised: 'There is no other course open to us but to fight it out! Every position must be held to the last man; there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall, and believing in the justice of our cause, each one of us must fight to the end'.



CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II in Belgium, France and Holland.

Battlefield Tours

CGT Battlefields is a specialist tour operator, our tours cover World War I and World War II battlefields across Europe providing inspirational tours to the sites of The Great War and Second World War.

Visiting the battlefields from any conflict, is a truly captivating and moving experience, though some of the battlefields are nearly 100 years old, the soldiers who fought here had similar backgrounds, dreams and hopes as many of us. A Battlefield Tour allows you to understand these events, remember the sacrifices made and recognise how these shaped the world we see today.





World War 1 and World War 2 Battlefield Tours and Holidays for Groups

CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing guided inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II in Belgium, France and Holland.

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WW1 - WW2 Holidays for Groups

WW1 - WW2 Holidays for Groups

CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, providing inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II in Belgium, France and Holland.

Customised World War 1 and 2 Battlefield Tours

Looking to visit some of the battlefields of the Great War and WW2? CGT Battlefield Tours, a specialist group travel operator, can arrange the perfect trip.

Ypres Flanders Battlefield Tours

Ypres Flanders Battlefield Tours

Visit the Ypres Battlefield in Flanders. One of The Great War 1914 - 1918 battlefield tours offered by CGT, the specialist WW1 / WW2 group travel operator.

Arnhem Battlefield Tours

Arnhem Battlefield Tours

Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in WW2 could have shortened the war quite considerably, but for some bad luck. See the battlefield for yourself.

DDay Battlefield Tours | Normandy

Visit the DDay Battlefields in Normandy and see first hand where the bridgeheads were established. One of the Inspirational tours from CGT Battlefields.

DDay Battlefield Tours | Normandy

Somme Battlefield Tour

Visit the Somme Battlefield of the Great War 1914 - 1918 on a guided tour with CGT Battlefield Tours. Inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II.

Cost Effective WW1, WW2 Battlefield Tours

Cost Effective WW1, WW2 Battlefield Tours

CGT Battlefield Tours, offers hotel accommodation to suit your groups holiday budget. We have negotiated special rates at all ideally suited locations.

Booking a World War 1, WW2  Battlefield Tours

Booking a World War 1, WW2 Battlefield Tours

Book your Battlefield Tours with CGT, a specialist group travel operator, providing guided, informative and inspirational tours to the sites of World War I and II.

Battlefield Tours for Clubs

Battlefield Tours for Clubs

Run a War gaming Club, or other Social Group / Association? CGT Battlefield Tours can provide an informative, inspirational, tours to the sites of World War I and II.


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Charfield
Gloucestershire
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