Spring-Offensive

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The 1975
Bastille
To kill a king
Fall out boy
Alt J
Ed sheeran
Green day
Kodaline
Lana del Rey
Lorde
Panic! At The Disco
Spring Offensive
Tom Odell
The Vaccines
The Wombats

Reblog this so I can follow you cause I need loads more on my dash (you don’t have to be strictly any of these, I’ll still follow you) xx thank youuuuu! (I follow you on relighters)

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This is Spring Offensive. They’re pretty good and I’m seeing them on Sunday. Nice bit of new music.

-Lee

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i doNT CARE IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS BAND THIS VIDEO IS WORHT IT JUST PLEASE IM SCREAMING

‘Ännchen’, a Mark IV 'Female’ being operated by the Germans, was abandoned mostly intact by its crew during an attack near Fort de la Pompelle on June 1st. Having dismounted to assist some nearby infantry, they were overwhelmed by a French assault and forced to retreat, leaving their tank behind.

(National Archives)

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We covered a song by a considerably more successful artist that us. Thanks for all the suggestions!

You guys will make sure Drake sees this right?

With love, Spring Offensive x


Historical Trivia: Captured in the Kaiserschlacht

On the 21st March 1918, the German Army launched Operation Michael near Saint-Quentin in Northern France.  This was the opening of the Kaiserschlacht or great German Spring Offensive which marked the furthest German advance on the Western Front since 1914.  The attack on the British Third Army saw heavy casualties with approximately 20,000 dead and 35,000 wounded lost on the first day of the offensive.

The 21st March also marks the British Army’s single worst day for men taken prisoner with 21,000 officers and men captured.  Thomas Cass with the Royal Engineers was one of the men captured in the rapid German assault:

There was masses of Germans, they come over like hoards. They come over and overwhelmed us and so I was taken prisoner at 2 o’clock and I was in the German trenches with them until 8 o’clock at night. Then we got up behind the line and they were collecting all the prisoners – the German guards were – and we had to march back to St Quentin, then. I always remember one German soldier, a young chap he was, he was marching by the side of me, and he patted me on shoulder and I’ll always remember what he said. He said, ‘Brave Englander’, and patted me on the back.

Many were forced to surrender when they were left isolated in defensive pockets along the line which had been cut off by German shock troops. These pockets either fought to the last man or surrendered when their ammunition ran out.  The photograph above shows some of the 4,000 men captured near Bapaume and Arras in March 1918.

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German troops cross a field, ca. 1918.

During 1918 the nature of the War changed drastically when the German army launched it’s Spring offensive called the Kaiserschlact (Kaiser’s Battle). Tactical and mechanical advances over the last few years paid off for the Germans who pushed the Allies back and broke the British Fifth Army who fled and opened a gap in the Allied line.

The Germans were able to advance up to 40 miles (65km) in twelve days, an astonishing distance by Western Front standards.