Online tour 6 - Spring 1918

When the United States declares war on Germany in April 1917, the Germans realise time is precious if they still want to win the war. But luck is in their favour in Russia: the October Revolution and the ensuing peace treaty mean millions of German troops can from the one moment to the next be moved from the Eastern to the Western Front.

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 The German army starts its Spring Offensive at the end of March 1918, therefore, including adapted tactics: instead of attacking on a wide front and in great numbers, they now aim to break through particular places in the Allied defences. To do this they put together lightly equipped storm trooper units to operate in small groups. The land they capture in April 1918 around Ypres illustrates how successful this strategy really is, but the offensive peters out in the ruins of the city, mainly due to shoddy logistics.


Object 1: Plate  (MZ 08849)

Plate painted with a scene of the prisoner of war camp Göttingen, Hanover, Germany. Central is a picture of one of the barracks of the camp.  A portrait photo of Julien Verhoust was added to the right of the central scene. Julien Verhoes was born in Brielen on March 27, 1893 and died in Zonnebeke on February 22, 1974. He was a veteran 1914-1918 and received the honor of Knight with Swords. He was a prisoner of war for four years in the Göttingen camp, Hanover, Germany. (MMP1917 MZ 08849)bord

Object 2: small box (MZ 06295)

Small box with floral decorations and writing on 5 sides. Fabricated by Jean Driessens for his cousin Suzanna Werquin during his captivity as a prisoner of war. (MMP1917, MZ06295)