Distribution of German forces on the Western Front according to captured map
This map of the entire Western Front contains a comprehensive listing of German armies defending the line. Apparently taken from a captured map dated 30 October 1918, the information gives each army unit down to brigade level and the section of front they held.
Such high-level information, which was not the sort of information necessary to have on the front line, meant that the Allies could potentially determine where the most fatigued or inexperienced brigades were positioned and plan their attacks accordingly.
The captured map was taken during the final Allied advance upon German positions which began on 1 November.
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