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Old 06-02-2018, 08:42 PM   #256
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Mai 1918 (28) Pour le Me'rite and (6) Oakleaves were granted. All 6 OL and 24 PLM went to the Army, 1 PLM to the Navy and 3 PLM to the Air Service.
100 years ago today on 2 Juni OberLt. Hermann Wilhelm Goering was granted Orden Pour le Me'rite following the awards Zaehring Lion w/ Swords, Friedrich Order, HOH w/ Swords Third Klasse.
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Old 06-03-2018, 03:12 AM   #257
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The French and British had no fresh troops to bar the way, it was to fall to the Americans to stop the advance, which they did at Chateau-Thierry with the help of machine-gun battalions. Feldpostkarte showing German troops taking cover.
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Hi Soldon,
Yes, 100 years ago today, 3 Juni 1918, already over 98,000 casualties suffered by the French and another 29,000 by the British Allied forces during the Third Battle of Aisne, the German forces out ran their supplies. Once again problems with troop fatigue, supplies and reserves, they were running out of steam. Now for the first time was the appearance of American troops in large numbers. The American 3rd Division set up defense of Château Thierry on 1 June and launched a counter-attack forcing the Germans back across the Marne. The German advance was now halted at the Marne.
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Although the Americans continued fighting in Belleau Wood for a further 18 days
By the 6th June 1918 the big German effort towards the Marne had been halted at the end of the first week, with the help of American machine gun battalions and the arrival of the marines at Lucy-le-Bocage. As Erickn points out, the campaign in the region 27th May - 6th June had cost the allies dear - over 98,000 French, 28,700 British, 474 Americans, this figure grew by the time they took Belleau Wood to nearly 10,000, the Germans suffered similar casualties over 130,000. This was the last of the spring offensives, although Ludendorff's attacks were not finished yet.

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100 years ago on 9 June 1918 the Fourth German Drive, Battle of Noyon-Montdidier began. Another Ludendorff offensive that was designed to straighten out the angles of fortifications created from the Third Battle of Aisne. Plan was to straighten the line and potentially threaten Paris which Ludendorff’s forces had recently became within 56 miles of resulting from the Third Battle of Aisne. The line was stabilized on 4 June by the French and supported by the Americans.

Allocated for the attack General Max von Boehn’s Seventh Army, south of the Oise along the Aisne and General Oskar von Hutier’s Eighteenth Army holding the line north of the Oise River from Montdidier to Noyon.

German deserters leaked details of the impending attack to the French and ten minutes before the Germans were to initiate their preparatory barrage, the French began a counter barrage. The Germans managed to attack the French along the line from Noyon to Montdidier on 9 and 10 June achieving some progress but, not on the same scale as previous offensives.

100 years ago today 10 Juni, General Max von Boehn’s Seventh Army attacked the French Tenth Army from the east without much success. Boehn’s Seventh and Hutier’s Eighteenth planned to link up at Compiègne, only von Hutier made any progress.
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EK I from my personal collection presents commemorative dates of the Noyon-Montdidier Offensive 9,-14,VI. 1918
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