Prince William and Theresa May to join Canadian and other families at Amiens cathedral to mark decisive Allied assault

It was the battle that changed the course of the first world war, ushering in the collapse of the German army on the western front and delivering the armistice some 100 days later. Yet the battle of Amiens in France, the first day of which was said by Gen Erich Ludendorff to have been Germany’s blackest, has faded from public memory, left in the shadows by the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele.

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