So after leaving #Lille, #France this morning, I jumped across the border to the #Ypres area. Visited the #meningate as well these #ww1 #bunkers in #Kemmel, the site of the 2nd #battle of #kemmelberg which took place almost exactly #100years ago today.

Kaiserschlacht: The German spring Offensive. After Russia fell to civil war Germany could redeploy troops from the eastern front to break the stalemate in the west. This massive offensive came as a surprise to the exhausted British forces, but ultimately failed. It was the closest Germany ever came in the war to a decisive breakthrough on the western front. Millions of lives were lost in this offensive, and even though it was an allied victory, they lost much more troops than Germany. German casualties reached 688,000 while allied casualties reached upwards of 863,000. #kaiserschlacht #springoffensive #wwi #worldwar #worldwarone #worldwar1 #battle #german #germany #british #britain #uk #unitedkingdom #allies #centralpowers #soldier #soldiers #tanks #tank #army #war #germanempire #history #historic #historical #military

A Beutepanzer Mk. IV ‘Male’ in 1918 with camouflage netting, and below it a depiction of such a vehicle. By the end of September 1918 upwards of 300 British tanks, mostly Mk. IVs, had been captured by the Germans. About 170 of these were actually deemed “usable” and 35 of them were reported ready for frontline use. According to a German Army report, 75 were operational by the end of the war in November 1918.

Germans and their captured British Mk. IV at Armentières, France in April 1918.

Beutepanzers (literally, as comical as it sounds, “Booty Tanks”) were what the Germans dubbed captured armored fighting vehicles, namely tanks, during the First World War.

The significantly low number of A7V Sturmpanzerwagens that were produced by Germany during the final months of the war obviously put its armies at a disadvantage with respect to armor. The abundant arsenal of British heavy tanks of the era suffered from technical and mechanical flaws, and this meant that oftentimes many were left abandoned on the battlefield by their crews, in some cases in running condition. This in turn left the Germans with a decent solution to its armor shortage problem.

The only captured Allied tank that saw actual operational service with the German Army during the Great War was the Mk IV. Other variants were also captured in the field, as well as a handful of French tanks, but these were subjected to training infantry and tank crews and for evaluation purposes. Those Mk. IVs that were recovered were taken to the rear and repaired and refitted if needed. The intake was so great that as many as twenty workshops and warehouses were established behind German lines in Charleroi for maintenance purposes.

Those that were deemed fit for service were distributed to six special units created solely for operating these captured vehicles, with each unit operating five tanks. Some even made it to the frontlines to participate in the Spring Offensive in 1918 (much to the surprise of the British), although at that point in time only three of these special groups had been formed.

The 60,000 men of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps had been strung out across a sector of the Western Front 7 miles (11km) long, divided up into four sub-brigade sectors. Each sector was defended by two battalions, which each occupied a smaller sub-sector within the larger sub-sector.
Having spent nearly an entire year (11 months total) in the trenches, the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps by the spring of 1918 was a tired and worn out shadow of its former self. Up to this point the Portuguese had sustained heavy casualties on the Western Front, and since being deployed to France in May 1917, had withstood increasingly intensive German attacks. Units began to report mutinies within the ranks beginning in April 1918, at a time when such indiscipline was the last thing any Allied unit needed. Thus the decision was made to pull the PEC off the line completely, effective immediately, and replace it with British units. This process began on April 6th, with the first of the two Portuguese divisions withdrawing. The second division (coincidentally the 2nd Division) was scheduled for April 9th, but the Germans launched Operation Georgette that morning.

The attack came in the area of the Lys River, and at the time the 2nd Division had been forced to temporarily consolidate for the positions given up by the 1st Division, thus occupying & defending the entire 7 mile sector of the front by itself – twice the amount of ground than normal. Hit hard by eight German divisions the morning of April 9, 1918, the 2nd Division made a desperate defense but was quickly enveloped and overran. The Battle of the Lys was an absolute disaster for the Portuguese. They lost over 7,000 men (surprisingly the vast majority of these had been captured) and the entire division had nearly been wiped out completely, equating for 10% of all of the PEC’s casualties up to that point, and ⅓ of its forces on the front lines.

The 2nd Division withdrew from the line in such disarray, & it ceased to be an effective fighting force afterwards. The 1st Division would eventually return to the front in June, the 2nd would not.
📷: Worn out Portuguese prisoners in German custody in the Belgian town of Kemmel.

Chauncey Boom on a hatchet rampage. Should've had Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News playing in the background haha. #Battlefield1 #PS4 #WorldWar1 #1918 #Kaiserschlacht #France #GermanEmpire #BritishEmpire #hatchetrampage #killstreaks #HueyLewisandtheNews #hiptobesquare #AmericanPsycho #PatrickBateman

Come on dude don't try any cool tricks like a slide and shoot, it's embarrassing haha. #Battlefield1 #PS4 #WorldWar1 #Kaiserschlacht #1918 #France #GermanEmpire #BritishEmpire #failedtrickattempt #gotcha #MG08

100 years ago the German Empire was lunching the final push to defeat their enemies once and for all

Creo que no hay nada de lo que sea más fan que el espíritu irrompible de los alemanes.

#kaiserschlacht #kaiser #historia #history #laststand #ww1 #art #ink #drawing #dibujo #Michael #thegreatwar #stormtrooper #assault #final #beginning #war #soldier #ultimoesfuerzo #tinta #arte #blanco #westernfront #ilustration #artwork #doode

La Grande Guerra, giorno dopo giorno: 10 Aprile 1918

Continua l'avanzata tedesca nelle Fiandre, il villaggio di Messines è catturato dai tedeschi ma ripreso durante un contrattacco da parte di truppe sudafricane. La 25a Divisione a Sud, circondata ai fianchi, è costretta a ritirarsi. A causa dell'avanzata tedesca nella campagna a nord, le posizioni della 34a Divisione ad Armentières devono essere abbandonate. Armentières è persa.
A causa del bombardamento con gas da parte tedesca del giorno prima, 8.424 soldati alleati rimangono feriti, i morti però saranno solo 30. Nella foto, scattata dal Sottotenente Thomas Keith Aitken, soldati britannici della 55a Divisione West Lancashire accecati dal gas in fila in un'Unita Sanitaria Avanzata nei pressi di Bethune, 10 Aprile 1918.

ENGLISH - The Great War, day by day: 10 April 1918

The German continue their advance in Flanders, the village of Messines is conquered but recaptured in a heroic action by South African troops. The 25th Division to the south, flanked on both sides, withdraws about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles). The advances in the north of the campaign area make the 34th Division’s position at Armentiers impossible to hold and they have to pull back. Armentiers is lost.
8,424 the wounded caused by the German bombing of the day before, the dead will be only 30. In the picture, taken by Lieutenant Thomas Keith Aitken, British soldiers of the 55th West Lancashire Division blinded by gas in a row in an Advanced Health Unit near Bethune, 10 April 1918.
Fonte / Source: © IWM (Q 11586)
#GrandeGuerra #GreatWar #Accaddeoggi #OnThisDay #OTD #kaiserschlacht #georgette #Flanders #chemicalwarfare #1918live #PrimaGuerraMondiale #FirstWorldWar #storia #history #militaryhistory #storiamilitare

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