Greenie said:Seafarer ---am myself interested in the fiasco that was WW1 .
Haig and his ''one last assault'' to carry the battle after losing so many in futile assaults and still not winning anything significant.
Staff Officers planning reports --expect high casualties ---very high !!
Haig was a cavalry man---had friends in high places and kept his job till the end of the war 1919.
The American entry into the war was basically the deciding factor
for the German Armistice .
The usual excuse for the way the war was fought was the fact that the
introduction of 'modern' weapons --the machine gun/ artillery/aeroplanes
Tanks the Army Generals old ideas and tactics couldn't handle it!
Trench warfare was relatively unknown aswell.
Good book ----Butchers and Bunglers of WW1! Written by an Australian
who lost quite a few relatives .Lots of truths in it about the land war casualties and cock ups!!
The RN was similar --the Uboat war was under hand and not very british !!
Uboat detection methods were basic .
There is no doubt that the presence of the US forces was a factor but in reality the 'final push' was planned for 1919, and Haig had been starved of resources in 1918 to husband them for the final push in 1919 when the US forces would both be up to full strength and have built up sufficient experience.
However Haig realised that the Gerrmans failure in their big push of 1918 had left then so exhausted that they were vulnerable hence the British 1918 counteroffensive that finally did start rolling up the German defences. The Armistice was signed because the German High Command did believe that the Allies would be in Berlin by Christmas 1918