This book describes Germany's attempt to break the western front stalemate in March of 1918, before the American Allies can become a major factor. The book has good maps of the British "defense in depth" plan which allows for territory to be captured by the German Army but ultimately the more territory captured by the enemy the more he is in the mire! The British are actually retreating to their main supply bases behind their own lines while the Germans are moving away from their supply lines by pushing forward. Meanwhile the casualties and the attrition is mounting up. The decision in this evenly matched battle will be who simply has more supplies and amunition,food, bombs, poison gas, air coverage, artillery shells, etc. Just the artillery bill for either side alone would bankrupt about any other nation even including some industrialized countries. This World War is the first where industrialization appears to be more a factor than the espirit de corps of the troops! The Germans seemed to still hold the belief of victory by rapid manuever and the will of the its soldiers, after all they had conquered France in a week or so during the 1871 Franco-Prussian War. Not to say Germany hasn't industrialized also just not enough to escape attrition by the allied powers.
Jokers in the deck that could spoil the Franco-British strategic plan and assist Germany,are the questionable performance of the French troops which were exhausted being bled white for 3 years to the point of numerous mutinies in the French Army. As it appeared from the book the French seemed to be able to somewhat carry their butcher bill enough to help attrit the German Army in their sectors of the line. Still though, Britain has to be concerned about the southern portion of the line. Also the Americans had just recently entered the war and the British also were uncertain of the US's assistance, whether it would be an aid or a liability. As it was US Army involvement from my read of this book was more in a scouting and a supply role with some minor combat duties. With the British "defense in depth", which extended rearward to 15 miles, a soldier might well try to get a billet well behind the front lines without feeling he was dodging combat. After all if the German got 12 miles in the rear he could fight them there as well! (So I bet there was some scrambling for duty assignment and as always the "luck of the draw" in regard to rotation probably had a lot to do with who would live to reproduce themselves. Front line soldiers could surrender to the enemy as well easily feeling they had done their job,knowing the real storm was coming from well behind them.?) The battle seems a question of who is going to run out of large 'body bandaids" first and you would have to say from a read of the book that the Germans with no seapower,landlocked, and near exhaustion from 4 years of war, are going to be the losers even without the Americans engaging them directly in combat. I was wondering however from reading the book how much American aid in supplies etc. contributed to the German defeat. this aspect wasn't really covered. By the way von Richthofen was shot down during one of his "too many trips to the well" sorties during the Kaiserschlacht campaign.(Little bit'a trivia)