He had two objectives: to separate the British and French armies, and to capture Amiens. The German push opened a large breach round Saint Quentin with the rout of the British 5th Army which, if it had persisted, could have precipitated an irreversible military catastrophe. On 26 March, Presidents Poincaré and Clémenceau, Generals Pétain and Foch, Lord Milner and General Haig met in Doullens Town Hall, and decided to create a unified command.
Clémenceau wrote: “The British, French and American governments have conferred on General Foch the strategic control of military operations”. On 18 July, Foch launched his final counter-offensive which led to the Armistice of the 11th November. The Unified Command Hall, situated in the Doullens Town Hall evokes this key moment with a stained glass window by Gérard Ansart, two paintings by Lucien Jonas, busts and photographs.
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