According to Bullitt Lowry`s 1918 1996 Armistice Book, the Germans finally sent a radio message late into the night to Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the commander-in-chief of the Allied forces, asking for permission to send a delegation across the lines to negotiate a ceasefire and demanding a general ceasefire. Forty-five minutes later, Foch replied. He ignored the ceasefire request, but gave the Germans permission to come. In 1915, the Allies attempted to resolve the impasse with an amphibious invasion of Turkey that had joined the Middle Powers in October 1914, but after severe bloodshed, the Allies were forced to withdraw in early 1916. In 1916, there were major offensives by Germany and Britain along the Western Front, but neither side won a decisive victory.