Lys Offensive Pt 3

General Plumer was put in charge of the whole threatened front and one his first actions was a tactical withdrawal of his troops to a more defensible position in front of Ypres - a flexibility almost unheard of in this era of static trench lines. By the 18th of April the German advance had been halted at Meteren and in front of Kemmel Hill, partly because Ludendorffs command had been 'weak and hesitating'.

With Plumer having stalled his advance Ludendorff turned further north the Belgians north of Ypres without much success, and with further abortive assaults along the whole line on the following day. During a lull in the fighting large numbers of French reinforcements arrived just in time to face a major attack at Mount Kemmel prepared for by diversionary attacks across the entire Western Front. The Germans succeeded in pushing the French off of the hill but suffered heavy casualties. Further German operations in the area continued until the end of the April but none were successful, with the Allies in the area increasingly reinforced and fortified.

The second German offensive of 1918 had created an advance of up to ten miles and resulted in an awkward salient to defend. None of the strategic objectives had been achieved, with the rail stations and channel ports still in Allied hands.

Since the Spring Offensive had started in late March, The Germans had now suffered 350,000 casualties, and the Allies 305,000, the great majority of whom were British and Imperial forces.

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