It Was One Hundred Years Ago Today

100 years ago today the Battle of Amiens (also known as the Third Battle of Picardy) began and so inaugurated the longest series of consecutive victories the British Army has ever had.

That last fact is something that has been all but lost to the collective memory – totally submerged by the prominence the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Passchendaele (aka Third Ypres) have taken in the colletive consciousness.

German general Erich Ludendorff (more or less dictator of Germany by that time) called the battle’s first day “the black day of the German Army.” He knew the game was up. Far from being stabbed in the back the German Army had been defeated in the field. There was nothing but retreat from then on till the Armistice in November.

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