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The timing was linked to the availability of a new weapon of war, the 'tank', and Haig's growing belief (fed by positive intelligence reports) that the morale of the German forces had been lowered to near breaking point by the relentless series of Allied local attacks. This major assault was to coincide with attacks by the French Sixth Army to the right of Combles (and simultaneous major Allied offensives in Italy, Transylvania and Salonika).

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