Somme Offensive Pt 3

Hutier continued to apply pressure to the Allied armies over the next few days. On the 25th of March the Germans managed to force a gap between the British 2nd and 5th Armies, and it looked as if the whole front was about to collapse. To exploit this apparently favourable situation, Ludendorff widened his objectives, and the direction of the thrust shifted from north west towards the coast to a south west direction towards the critical rail centre of Amiens.

The Allies responded to the crisis by placing Marshal Foch to coordinate the efforts of the Allied armies. French reinforcements began arriving in greater numbers, and the guns on the commanding position of Vimy Ridge remained in Allied hands despite repeated German attacks.

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