chapter  13
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The Uncertain Road to Victory

THAT Germany could not be defeated in 1918 was an article of faith in London in the spring and summer of 1918. This belief, along with imperial considerations, the worsening manpower crisis, and the consequent fear that Haig’s army might be reduced to a second-or third-class military force by the end of the year, played a decisive role in shaping the civilians’ strategic views and determining their attitude toward both the British high command and the new generalissimo.