NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
8th August, 1918 : In Ludendorff’s own words, it has been “the black day of the German Army”. When British, American, Canadian, Australian and French troops – 20 divisions in all – went into action near Amiens, the enemy collapsed.. The character of the war has changed. Tanks and planes are now being used in large numbers. More than 400 tanks spearheaded the initial attacks, and planes daily undertake low-flying, machine gunning strikes at German infantry columns. In one day of raids on the enemy’s rear positions 26 tons of bombs were dropped, and in night raids 43 tons fell on rail junctions. The Germans are being pushed back to the old Hindenburg Line, the position they held before the spring offensive.