August 9, 1918 – Full diary entry:
“An uneventful day. There was the same firing on both sides. We have had no casualties so far.
News reaches us of the good gains by the Allies on other fronts. We may soon be there also.”
Robert’s definition of “uneventful” is very different than mine, considering that his day included being shot at.
I’m not sure if word could have reached Robert’s unit this quickly, but there were indeed “good gains” happening elsewhere during this week. Notably, this was the beginning of the Battle of Amiens:
The Battle of Amiens was an Allied victory that helped bring an end to World War I. Following the Second Battle of the Marne, the Allies launched an attack in August 1918 with a force of 75,000 men, more than 500 tanks and nearly 2,000 planes. The offensive achieved huge gains on the first day, with Allied troops and tanks advancing eight miles and causing 27,000 casualties.
Where was Robert today? See the timeline.