Friday, 5 October 2018

The Field Marshal's Summary

Saturday 5th October 1918

Yesterday Field Marshal Haig, in a meeting with senior officers, outlined his appreciation of the current state of affairs on the Western Front. A small amount of it has been made available to the press corps and perhaps the most telling paragraph is reproduced below.

"The recent offensive operations of the Allies on the Western Front have met with success at all points. The enemy has lost heavily in men and material and has been compelled to use his reserves piecemeal to retain his line intact. He is now faced with necessity of maintaining a wide battle front with depleted reserves and dispirited troops".

Victory, we all feel, cannot now be far off.

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