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Map of the Allied offensives of 1918, from July 18 and the Second Battle of the Marne to the Armistice on November 11. From 'The Memoirs of Marshall Foch' by Marshall Foch.

Map of the Allied offensives of 1918, from July 18 and the Second Battle of the Marne to the Armistice on November 11. From The Memoirs of Marshall Foch by Marshall Foch.

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Tuesday, October 15, 1918

"On October 15th the Franco-American armies between the Oise and the Argonne, headed towards Mézières, had come into contact with a strong German position (Hunding Stellung and Brunehilde Stellung) established along the general line La Fère—Crécy-sur-Serre—Sissone—Château-Porcien—Vouziers—Grandpré.

North of the Oise, the British armies, marching on Mons and Avesnes, reached that same day the front Wassigny—Le Câteau—Solesmes—Douai. They had thus, from the south, turned the region of Lille, which was likewise threatened from the north by the Flanders Group of Armies between the Lys and the sea.

. . . the Flanders Group of Armies continued uninterruptedly its movement towards Thourout, Courtrai, and Menin, gaining ground rapidly. On the 14th, it got possession of Hooglede, Roules, and Moorseele, on the 15th it marched beyond Cortemarck, reached the gates of Courtrai, and entered Menin and Werwicq."

Quotation Context

Allied Commander-in-Chef Ferdinand Foch writing of the advances of October 15, 1918 along the Western Front. The Franco-American Meuse-Argonne Offensive advanced slowly. The Flanders Group of Armies included the Belgian Army and French and British units. On the 14th, Belgian airmen were the first to see the German forces retreating eastward across Belgium.

Source

The Memoirs of Marshal Foch, translated by Col. T. Bentley Mott by Ferdinand Foch, pp. 428–429, copyright © 1931 by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Co., publication date: 1931

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