The Keiserschlacht or Emperor's Battle

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In 1914, General Erich Ludendorff, Germany’s key commander in World War I, along with General Paul von Hindenburg, strategically placed the German Army in a series of three 25-mile trenches in central France. This new position gave the German’s a false sense of security, which led them to believe that they would win World War I. At first, the onslaught and brute force of the offensive proved itself well. The Kaiserschlacht, or Emperor’s Battle, quickly turned around due to lack of supplies and heavy casualties. Since the Central Powers were becoming more confident, they made more mistakes and thus began losing battles and eventually the war. Greater numbers and strength of the Allied Powers ultimately led to the slaughter and defeat of the Germans under Generals Ludendorff and Hindenburg. Germany had the chance to end the war before the resources from the United States could be deployed into France and Britain. In an advantage by numbers, fearless leader Ludendorff set off to gain land for Germany and defeat the Allied powers once and for all. The Germans knew that they had to conquer Europe before the Americans could train soldiers and ship men and supplies to the front lines. The addition of Americans to the Allied Powers would significantly impact the outcome of the war. Germany still believed that they could win the war. German hope was increased when Russia withdrew from the war in 1917. Ludendorff, a former chief of staff under General Hindenburg, was a

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