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|German term or phrase: Rueckzugsoffensive|
|"As a sergeant, I participated in the Rueckzugsoffensive of March 1918..."|
|(1) retreat following the spring offensive of 1918; (2) (ironic/sarcastic): victorious retreat|
(1) [German] retreat following the failed spring offensive of 1918; (2) (ironic/sarcastic): victorious retreat
The reference may well be to the German retreat in the west following later in 1918 after the ultimately failed, last great German spring offensive launched in March 1918.
A more or less literal translation such as _retreating offensive_ would be relatively meaningless to most readers. It would probably also be inaccurate, since the offensive came first, with considerable tactical successes, then ran out of steam, before the Germans ultimately retreated – in the face of a subsequent Allied counteroffensive.)
In the only two Google hits found with this term, below, the expression is used sarcastically/ironically. A fairly common and valid translation used in such a context (or in a different war situation) is _victorious retreat_. (In Vietnam, one top US advisor -- I think it was Kissinger -- finally advised the US cabinet “Let's declare victory and go home".
Such an ironic/sarcastic reference may be intended here – though it does not seem to fit well with the German retreat in 1918: The German military collapse at the time was catastrophic, complete and final, and I’m not sure whether the retreat was being propagandized much as a success (as in _erfolgreich vom Feinde abgesetzt_, a term Nazi propagandists favored during the German defeats, especially in Russia, during WW II)
Incidentally, in 1918 things were actually going quite well for the Germans in the east, thanks in part to the Russian October Revolution. In the south, the last offensive at the Piave was turned into a rout, but this was mostly an Austrian battle with the Italians.
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BerlinOnline: Südkoreas Staatspräsident Kim in Bedrängnis / ... - [ Translate this page ]
... fliegen sollten. Und das Massenblatt "Joong Ang Ilbo" verlangt am Wochenende Aufklärung
über die realen Motive Nordkoreas für diese Rückzugsoffensive. ...
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... preisen. Letzte Woche nun startete Frank Schirrmacher eine bemerkenswerte Rückzugsoffensive.
Der "Faz"-Herausgeber schrieb über Joys Wurzeln: Science-fiction ...
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1918 - Operation Michael
... Wood on 28th March 1918, the morning after they ... and forced to retreat. German troops
then rapidly ... days since launching the offensive, German troops were ...
www.awm.gov.au/1918/battles/michael.htm - 7k - Cached - Similar pages
... captured during the offensive at Passchendaele. At ... the battle, the exhausted German
soldiers were forced to retreat. ... Daily Express (22nd March, 1918) An ...
It was decided to attack Allied forces at three points along the front-line: Arras, Lys and Aisne. British soldiers became disillusioned when all the land captured during the offensive at Passchendaele. At first the German Army had considerable success and came close to making a decisive breakthrough. However, Allied forces managed to halt the German advance at the Marne in June, 1918. After suffering 168,000 casualties during the battle, the exhausted German soldiers were forced to retreat.
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The First World War: Chronology
... Co-ordinator in France, 29th March, 1918. ... German retreat at the Marne, 20th July,
1918. Amiens Offensive, 8th August, 1918. Allied breakthrough at ...
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The 2nd Division, 1914-1918
... Operations on the Ancre. The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. The First ... the
Scarpe (fourth phase of the Arras Offensive). ... into 2 MG Bn 4 March 1918). ...
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... too - had to retreat as well, but German ... The Austrian and German troops advanced
to ... border where the offensive came to an ... the Ukraine in March 1918. When this ...
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1918 (good chonological summary of 1918!)
... 28 March 1918, French counter-attack, A ... 30 May 1918, Allied retreat, German troops
reach the River ... June 1918, The Gneisenau Offensive, German troops mount an ...
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The Accrington Pals | Ayette, 27th March 1918
... On 21st March 1918, the German Seventeenth ... day of the offensive; 21,000 British ... troops
of the German Eighteenth Army, June ... still the retreat continued. On 25th ...
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The Great War: Program Highlights from Collapse
... The March Offensive. Jay Winter, Cambridge ... twenty-first of March, 1918. ... Soon the elite
German storm troopers were a ... Germany in Retreat. Trevor Wilson, University ...
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The Lys Offensive
... the end of the Somme offensive, Ludendorff turned to the ... The second German offensive
of 1918 had ... the beginning of Ludendorff's offensive on 21 March 1918. ...
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Strathconas 1914 to 1918
... a conspicuous part in pursuit of the retreating enemy on the Somme front. ... During the
last great German offensive, in March 1918, the regiment fought mounted ...
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|I'm most grateful for all the answers which proved to be very instructive. I picked the easiest one out of Tom Funke's extensive research material. (I also really liked Kim Metzger's contribution!) I owe everybody an apology: of course, I should have mentioned that the term Rueckzugoffensive was not the point of the story. The point was that he lost a friend during the offensive and that he was still suffering from nightmares because he blamed himself for his friend's death. With many thanks to everybody, Edith |
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... moves, Lassiterr shall lose the first arrow and if he can, another. If he sees
an avenue of escape, Lassiterr will take it using a retreating attack. ...
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... constant is emotion, beneath the tiring slap, slap, slap of light waters retreating
attack the dust and grime are washed away, only opaque, blue smiles remain ...
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... attack on Keith and was ready to call it a draw. Shrugging, he called for a retreating
attack. He was not too surprised to see that Sincline did not follow. ...
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... postions and managing to wrench herself free, uses the hidden snowball to make a
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... off two bursts of double lasers. This attack is strictly designed as a retreating
attack. When you need to get behind cover to recollect yourself and you need ...
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... slew end then nearly mad pledge in every way done (the Romans) supposing retreating
/ attack main tower (keep) line of defense device their then shut dun (dark ...
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