'Fritz von Lossberg and German flexible defence 1917' by Jack Sheldon
From 03 June 2017 15:00 until 16:00
Posted by David Tattersfield
0207 118 1914
Categories: WFA national events and conferences
Throughout the fighting on the Somme the German army had always felt that it had the ability to counter Allied thrusts, but following the shock reverses of April and May 1917, much heart searching had led to the urgent introduction of new tactics of flexible defense. When these in turn were found to be wanting, the psychological damage shook the German defenders badly.
But, as Jack Sheldon will describe, at trench level the individual soldier of the German Army was still capable of fighting extraordinarily hard, despite being outnumbered, outgunned and subjected to relentless, morale-sapping shelling and gas attacks.