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Noll C Inactive Member08 Aug 2018 9:51 a.m. PST

100th Anniversary of The Black Day of the German Army today. Strangely no official marking of this impressive British/Imperial victory. Doesn't fit the modern narrative of Lions led by Donkeys, I fear.

Captain Cook08 Aug 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

The Great War still casts a dark shadow in the British psyche.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2018 10:28 a.m. PST

At least it made the main news in the UK.

I bet this battle started the Germans thinking about what became Blitzkrieg?

Wargamorium08 Aug 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

There is an enormous commemoration at Amiens Cathedral lead by Prince William and Theresa May if you looked at the BBC today. Over 2,000 guests in the Cathedral.

Also a massive commemoration in Ypres of the 90th anniversary of the 1928 cemetery visits (not sure if that is the correct description of the event)

Fred Mills08 Aug 2018 12:47 p.m. PST

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario will have a major exhibit this fall on the 'other' Hundred Days, kicked off – according to its web site – by a major lecture tonight on the home front and the fighting front. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has an exhibition too, though it appears to be just documents. After more than four years of FWW commemorations, however, it is tough to imagine truly major efforts – budgets, time, national attention, etc. – still being thrown into the war's final year centenary. Too bad. The signal victories – France, the Middle East, etc – will be mostly ignored, as will the madness that soon descended across much of Eastern and Central Europe, where the war – and other wars – dragged on for years.

advocate08 Aug 2018 12:51 p.m. PST

In British Columbia this summer I saw several boards at National Parks about 1918 in general and the 100 days in particular.

And I imagine in November there will be major commemorations.

monk2002uk08 Aug 2018 1:25 p.m. PST

Heinz Guderian did refer to Amiens in his work on the background to Blitzkrieg. Interestingly, however, his most important insight came from his role with the German cavalry during the lightening fast (for the time) advance into France in 1914. He was a radio operator during the first weeks of the war. This experience emphasised the importance of comms.


Martin Rapier09 Aug 2018 3:30 a.m. PST

As noted above, a massive ceremony in Amiens itself and all over the news.

Perhaps that doesn't fit certain narratives either.

Bindon Blood10 Aug 2018 4:01 a.m. PST

much better to remember the Somme, where we appear to lose, rather than a battle we win….

advocate22 Aug 2018 5:46 a.m. PST

Bindon Blood: I'd prefer we remembered both.

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