The second major German offensive of spring 1918 was codenamed Operation Georgette. Operation Michael had failed to decisively end the war and the Germans had suffered very heavy losses. With fewer soldiers available the original German plan called “Georg” was reworked as a smaller attack, “Georgette”. The Germans secretly massed 36 divisions in Flanders, east of the French town of Armentières. Less than 20 miles away was the vital Allied rail hub of Hazebrouck.