The Lost War
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On 29 September 1918 the German Army High Command advised its emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, that Germany must sue for peace. This marked a dramatic reversal of fortunes in the Great War. The previous spring had seen the launching of a massive German offensive on the Western Front. Its architect, General Ludendorff, had confidently predicted that it would bring the final triumph of German arms. Instead, by the autumn, German forces were in retreat and their allies defecting. Ludendorff and his titular superior, Field-Marshal Hindenburg, had to admit that military force alone could not save Germany.
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