Monday, May 6, 2013

The Nightmarish Wasteland Of Armentières, 1918

The nightmarish wasteland of Armentières in April 1918.

Armentières was destroyed in ten days during The Spring Offensive that had begun in March 1918, a campaign the Germans had hoped would break the four-year stalemate on The Western Front. From April 9 to April 18, Armentières was subjected to unprecedented destruction.

Although there is scant evidence of such in the photograph, the area depicted had been a near-impenetrable forest, for centuries, prior to The Spring Offensive.

Once The Spring Offensive—initially successful—ground to a halt, Germany knew that the war was no longer winnable.

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