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  •  not a military historian here (6+ / 0-)
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    my layman's understanding is that learning how to use tanks was part of it ( I think that by the end some decent commanders finally emerged, maybe an Australian? [WWI is the poster child of bad generalship]).

    Also the Germans had come to the conclusion that THEY had to end the war soon, so earlier in 1918 they left their trenches and launched an initially successful offensive that took them close to Paris, using the famous "stormtrooper" tactics ... however they ran ahead of their supply train, and the offensive put greater toll on their forces. That combined with other factors (like the arrival of US troops) enabled the allies to push them back, and basically they never got back to their defensive positions. It was a more mobile war from there on out.

    In other words, it was the Germans that abandoned the stationary war.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:21:52 AM PST

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    •  Their attack on Paris (12+ / 0-)

      originally designed as a feint, which is what lead to the lack of supplies, was blunted by the arrival of Pershing and the Marine's.  The bitter battle of Belleau Woods/ Chateau Thierry blunted the German drive and their bayonet drive took the German positions finally, and the outstanding marksmanship of the Marines shredded the German counter-attack.  It was this battle that earned the Marines the German sobriquet of, Teuflehunden, or Devil-Dogs.  This was the first battle that a numerically inferior force won a victory against the Germans, and the initial advance across the open wheat field was the most deadly day for the Marines in their history until the capture of Tawara in WWII.

      "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man.'" J. R. Robertson.

      by NearlyNormal on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:04:05 AM PST

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    •  The initial development of the Tank (6+ / 0-)

      was pushed by Winston Churchill.  He wanted to amass a large number of them and push through the German lines.  He was over-ruled and they tried a small scale experiment which was a great, but localized success, and which taught the Germans a lesson they quickly learned.

      "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man.'" J. R. Robertson.

      by NearlyNormal on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:05:50 AM PST

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