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World War One

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Cody Reid

on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of World War One

In the spring of 1918, German Field Marshall Erich Ludendorff hatched a plan that would help the Germans win the war. The goal, capture Paris. The plan was known as the Kaiserschlacht, or Emperor battle. “ We must strike at the earliest moment before the Americans can throw strong forces into the scale. We must beat the British.” -Field Marshall Erich Ludendorff On March 21st, 1918 Lunedorff began his offensive. German artillery opened fire, at a rate of about 3000 shells a minute. Once the shelling had ceased, the Germans attacked with elite troops. "I Know Nothing!" The Paris Gun On the first day alone, the Germans had captured over 21,000 British soldiers. In 15 days, the Germans managed to push the line back 25 miles in some places, moving them close enough to shell Paris. These massive gains were not without their draw backs, the high mobility of the German army was due to the fact that the soldiers only carried their weapons and ammo. However, this meant that when the advance stopped, they were miles from their supply lines, without any food, or medical supplies. Without being properly supplied, the German advance ground to a halt. The Paris gun, often called the Kaiser Wilhelm Gun by German soldiers, was used to shell Paris. It's barrel had a diameter of 8 inches, and a length of over 110 feet. It was capable of firing a 264 pound shell over 80 miles, reaching an altitude of more than 40 miles, sending the shell to the edge of space. A total of 351 shells were fired, killing 256 people, and wounding 620 others. By April 11, the German spring offensive was over, stretched supply lines had forced the advance to cease, and with an increasing strain on resources, the lines once again settled in. The German army suffered over 230,000 casualties, and Americans were now deploying in Europe en mass, with over 250,000 U.S. troops landing in France in March alone. The Spring Offensive
1918 Work Cited:

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/german_spring_offensive_of_1918.htm

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/parisgun.htm
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