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Bullecourt 1917 Breaching the Hindenburg Line by P.Kendall

Bullecourt 1917 Breaching the Hindenburg Line by P.Kendall

Bullecourt 1917 Breaching the Hindenburg Line by P.Kendall

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Bullecourt 1917

 

Attention- Although this book is out of stock a new Australian Book has been released about both the Australian Battles at Bullecourt
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The assault upon the formidable Hindenburg Line between Bullecourt and Reincourt in April and May 1917 was undertaken by two Australian Divisions and three British Divisions. The offensives were designed to assist Allenby's Third Army to break out from Arras further to the north.

This book is the best history from an Australian perspective and tells the full story of both battles known as 1st and 2nd Bullecourt.

 

The controversial 1st Bullecourt battle which took place on the 11th April 1917 came to be regarded as the worst Australian defeat of WW1.

This occurred when Australian infantry assaulted without artillery. They were supposed to be supported by tanks. But the tanks proved to be inadequate as a support. The Australians were badly let down by the British Command and the tanks. Some of the British tank crews were made to attack in Mark II training tanks, prone to malfunction and not armour-plated.

Against all odds the Australians fought their way into the German lines at Bullecourt, including legendary ANZAC soldiers Major Percy Black, Captain Albert Jacka and Captain Harry Murray. Major Percy Black was killed at the German support trench. The Australians achieved the impossible and cemented their reputation as a reliable and formidable force, not merely a colonial adjunct to the British Army.

Marshal Foch described the soldiers of the AIF as 'the finest shock troops in the world'. British and Australian forces launched repeated offensives throughout May in an effort to capture Bullecourt. It became an awful battle of attrition fought with savagery on both sides.

After three weeks, General Gough ordered another attack on Bullecourt which become known as Second Bullecourt. The village and Hindenburg Line were eventually taken. Approximately 17,000 soldiers were sacrificed to capture the village and nearby trenches; 4,124 of those soldiers killed were listed as missing and have no known grave. Was possession of the pile of rubble that was Bullecourt worth the butcher's bill, when plans were already in place to switch the main push to Flanders that summer?

The bloody sacrifices made by Australian and British soldiers notwithstanding, the fighting at Bullecourt resulted in the first breakthrough of the 'impregnable' Hindenburg Line.

Author Paul Kendall has contacted many of the living relatives of those who fought to bring a human face to those terrible statistics.


  • Weight in grams: 1230
  • Total Pages: 416 indexed wit detailed Honour rolls
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Dimensions in mm : 180 x 250 x 38
  • Cover Soft (SB) or Hardback (HB): Heavy Hard Boards with Dust Jacket
  • Comment: I don't think you could find a more detailed book for research on Australian Battles at Bullecourt
  • Book Condition: Is a new book but has slight shelf edge wear to dust jacket only.

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