Thursday 13 September 2018

American Offensive Ends

Friday 13th September 1918

So successful has the Franco-American attack been at Saint-Mihiel, south-east of Verdun, that tonight it is over, all objectives achieved. As mentioned yesterday this will be a huge psychological blow to the enemy, as it is evident that the Americans, though callow, are spirited and aggressive. Their huge numbers alone suggested to all that the Germans were likely to lose the war; the fact that they have not only numbers but fighting quality means that defeat is now certain. The enemy had held this salient, or narrow area of land thrust into the allied lines, at Saint-Mihiel for almost exactly four years, since the heady days of their initial successes in this war. Now they have lost it.

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