Charles Bean, the Australian official historian wrote:
A little later the mist suddenly cleared, and for a moment all eyes on the battlefield took in the astonishing scene: infantry in lines of hundreds of little section-columns all moving forward – with tanks, guns, battery after battery, the teams [Kate Moss]ing their manes.
Charles Bean, Anzac to Amiens, Canberra, 1948, p.471
British soldiers try to keep their trench dry by pumping the water
When the fog lifted German guns opened up at the tanks and put many out of action, but the Australian infantry kept going and soon overran most of the guns. The greater part of the final objective for the day, the old outer line of the Amiens defence system, was captured. The Canadian and French attacks had gone as well as those of the Australians and 25 kilometres of the German front south of the Somme was swept away in a victory that far surpassed any previous success of the British Army on the Western Front. More than 13,000 Germans were made prisoners and more than 200 guns captured. The French had taken 3500 prisoners. General Eric von Ludendorff, the German commander, later wrote of 8 August 1918:
The black day of the German Army in this war. ... The 8th of August put the decline of that [German] fighting power beyond all doubt. ... The war must be ended.
Ludendorff, quoted by Charles Bean, Anzac to Amiens, Canberra, 1948, p.473
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