Theatres of War - WWI - Ludendorff Offensive
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Description: The Ludendorff Offensive took place 21 March-18 July 1918 across Northern France and Belgium. It was fought between allied troops from Britain, United States. Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, New Foundland, France and Portugal and the German Empire. The offensive was a German plan to instigate a series of actions along the Western Front and break through before the United States could fully deploy. They also wanted to utilise the recently freed troops from the Eastern Front following the Russian surrender. The actions were known as Operation Michael, Operation Georgette (also known as the battle of Lys), Operation Gneisenau and Operation Blucher-Yorck. Whilst the Germans gained large amounts of land, they did not defeat the allies and left their own army over-stretched. With more and more troops and supplies arriving from the United States the result of the offensive was considered a tactical success for Germany but an strategic failure. They also lost 688341 men during the offensive, men they could not replace. The British lost 418374 men, almost half the total allied losses.
Infantry regiments involved:
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (91st & 93rd Highlanders)
- Black Watch (42nd & 73rd Highlanders)
- Gordon Highlanders (75th & 92nd)
- Highland Light Infantry (71st & 74th)
- Lothian (Royal Scots) (1st)
- Royal Scots Fusiliers (21st)
- Scotch Rifles (Cameronians) (28th & 90th)
- Seaforth Highlanders (72nd & 78th)
- King's Own Scottish Borderers (25th)
- Queen's Own Cameron Higlanders (79th)
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