Second German offensive begins in Flanders
December 7th, 2016
Second German offensive begins in Flanders with a four-and-a-half hour bombardment of British forces in Armentieres to begin the Battle of the Lys. Germans advance quickly, punching a hole 3.5 miles wide through the British line. They also take almost 6,000 prisoners from a Portuguese division. Germans use 2,000 tons of poisonous gas, including mustard and phosgene gas, against the British at Lys, incapacitating 8,000, many of whom were blinded, and killing 30.