A German gun has been knocked out. Two of its crew are dead and the third is falling as one more shell hits the gun position.
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Protected by gasmasks Germans troops advance during a gas attack.
German victims of British gas
German soldiers attending a mass burial.
German soldiers on the Flanders front, 1917
German soldier helping a wounded comrade. Flanders, 1917.
In 1917 Germany called all the boys born in the year 1899 into active military service. This is how these new soldiers looked like.
German shock-troops take their machinegun up to the front after having conquered a British position.
German soldiers attack using flame throwers.
German soldiers after a succesful rathunt in the trenches.
Initially German defenders succeeded in preventing an allied breakthrough in the summer of 1918.
|After the Battle
In the turmoil after a battle German soldiers and allied prisoners-of-war lick their wounds.
In that summer and autumn of 1918 the whole frontline the Germans lay under heavy fire. The German lines began to crackle.
Although there were no more German offensives the front was as dangerous as always.
A column of German ambulances drives through Northern France.
Under an heavy artillery attack a German machine gun unit retreats.
After the Armistice German troops march through the Dutch province of Limburg back to Germany.
"The German Army, as a whole, was the best in the Field until its débâcle in July 1918. It had been prepared exclusively for a European War, a war likely to demand the maximum effort. Its leaders and highy qualified staff were accustomed to handle large bodies of troops; some of the former had experienced a European war - against France in 1870. It was trained to close with an enemy and its driving force was tremendous; in defence it was no less formidable. Behind the Fighting Forces stood, schooled to weapons, the entire manhood of Germany and all her resources..."
(J.L. Jack, DSO, British infantry officer, one of the first to arrive and fight in France, 1914, and of the last to leave, 1918)
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