The End Of The First German Drive

Operation Mars in the end failed to capture Arras despite major commitment of troops. Ludendorffs troops were exhausted and casualties particularly heavy. The British and French had fared little better, with both sides badly mauled after heavy fighting, but the Germans were in no condition to continue the offensive, and in the first week of April, 1918, Ludendorff called off the entire operation.

The line had moved for the first time in three years, but it had been bent rather than broken. Unable to make any further progress against the British centre, Ludendorff turned his attentions further north, to Flanders.

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