The Black day of the German Army and the Hundred Days 1918


The Black day of the German Army and the Hundred Days 1918
Speaker John Sadler

Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm

In 1918 Industrial warfare truly came fully of age. The year began with the British Expeditionary Force poorly place to receive the renewed German onslaught, the ‘Kaiserschlact’ battles of the spring when 120 divisions, veterans of the Eastern Front were unleashed in a series of offensives against a depleted and ill-prepared BEF. Defeat was on the cards but by summer the Allies were able to strike back hard and effectively, new all arms coordination raising the BEF to tactical domination of the battlefield and leading to Germany’s defeat. 1918 was the year the British Expeditionary Force finally and fully came of age and achieved decisive victory, a triumph but one bought at enormous cost and secured an armistice where the world was a very changed place from 1914. But, as Foch remarked, this maybe wasn’t an armistice – just a truce.

John Sadler has been teaching, writing about and walking the Western Front for thirty years, the author of a number of published works and still lectures for the Newcastle based ‘Explore’ Programme, he is a regular battlefield tour guide.

£5 on the door, includes refreshments.  Entry free to under 21s  thanks to a generous donation from the Hedley Foundation


£5 on the door, includes refreshments.  Entry free to under 21s  thanks to a generous donation from the Hedley Foundation