MH-12: Breaking Hold of the Trenches 1918. Breaking the Hold of the Trenches – 1918 Strategic Overview. Nov –Dec 1917: prospects looked bad for Allies: Russia soon collapsed after Battle of Riga Italian Army routed at Battle of Caporetto
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Nov –Dec 1917: prospects looked bad for Allies:
Russia soon collapsed after Battle of Riga
Italian Army routed at Battle of Caporetto
Unrestricted SS warfare taking severe toll on Brits
Germans also developing improved infiltration tactics:
Confirmed effective at Caporetto & Eastern Front
Potential for application on Western Front
Impact on Battlefield if proved correct?
Mobility and possible breakthrough
But window of opportunity was closing rapidly:
Time to exploit this opportunity was running out – why?
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