Australia's Finest Battle Victory in World War 1

Hamel Somme - Australia's Finest Battle WW1


 BATTLEGROUND EUROPE Hamel Somme' by Dr Peter Pedersen. 

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 BATTLEGROUND EUROPE Hamel Somme' by Dr Peter Pedersen.



Dr Peter Pedersen is one of Australia's foremost military historians.

In May 1918, Lt General Sir John Monash took command
of the Australian Imperial Force. It was a momentous occasion because the whole of the AIF had longed to be together under their own senior commander.

Only three weeks after Monash took control he put forward a plan for the capture of the German front line centred on the french village of Hamel. Using 7000 Australian troops, fewer than 3000 of them frontline soldiers and some newly arrived Americans , Monash planned for a 90 minute Battle. Monash succeeded in capturing Hamel on 4th July 1918 the battle lasted just 93 minutes.
An amazingly
brief period. Monash's success greatly affected the military thinking of the Allied High Command. Hamel was the turning point of the war. From that point the Australians with their Canadian comrades, launched on the 8 August 1918 the Battle of Amiens the great offensive that was to bring the war to a victorious end.

General Ludendorff, the German commander, famously called ‘the black day of the German Army'


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