|Date from||08 August 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Black Day of the German Army in this war
This remark is attributed to General Erich Ludendorff (1865-1937) following the unprecedented Allied advance on the 8 August 1918, the first day of the Battle of Amiens. The statement reveals Ludendorff's pragmatic realisation of the growing strength of the Allies (especially in connection with the promise of massive numbers of US troops) and the exhaustion of the German armies in France.