The Black Day Of The German Army

General Ludendorff called the 8th of August the "black day of the German army", and at this point was convinced that Germany had lost the war. With Hindenburg, he began work to let the Reichstag take control of the German government and seek an armistice (the German Empire was run as a de facto military dictatorship since about 1916).

Further advances were made immediately after the first assault but as usual the offensive bogged down when the infantry advanced beyond the reach of their supporting artillery. Nevertheless, by the standards of the Great War, Amiens was a spectacular success for the Allies.

Battle of Amiens
British and Empire casualties 22,000

German casualties 77,000

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