Victory at Villers Bretonneux

For nigh on two weeks, the plan works brilliantly, and the Germans are able to advance without check, as the exhausted British troops flee before them, together with tens of thousands of French refugees.

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Author: Peter FitzSimons

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 9781742759524

Category: HISTORY

Page: 784

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It's early 1918, and after four brutal years, the fate of the Great War hangs in the balance. On the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia - immediately suing for peace with Germany - means that no fewer than one million of the Kaiser's soldiers can now be transferred from there to the Western Front. On the other, now that America has entered the war, it means that two million American soldiers are also on their way, to tip the scales of war to the Allies. The Germans, realising that their only hope is striking at the Allied lines first, do exactly that, and on the morning of 21 March 1918, the Kaiserschlacht, the Kaiser's battle, is launched - the biggest set-piece battle the world has ever seen. Across a 45-mile front, no fewer than two million German soldiers hurl themselves at the Allied lines, with the specific intention of splitting the British and French forces, and driving all the way through to the town of Villers-Bretonneux, at which point their artillery will be able to rain down shells on the key train-hub town of Amiens, thus throttling the Allied supply lines. For nigh on two weeks, the plan works brilliantly, and the Germans are able to advance without check, as the exhausted British troops flee before them, together with tens of thousands of French refugees. In desperation, the British commander, General Douglas Haig, calls upon the Australian soldiers to stop the German advance, and save Villers-Bretonneux. If the Australians can hold this, the very gate to Amiens, then the Germans will not win the war. 'It's up to us, then, ' one of the Diggers writes in his diary. Arriving at Villers-Bretonneux just in time, the Australians are indeed able to hold off the Germans, launching a vicious counterattack that hurls the Germans back the first time. And then, on Anzac Day 1918, when the town falls after all to the British defenders, it is again the Australians who are called on to save the day, the town, and the entire battle. Not for nothing does the primary school at Villers-Bretonneux have above every blackboard, to this day, 'N'oublions jamais, l'Australie.' Never forget Australia. And they never have.

Noel Counihan

... great victory at Villers Bretonneux in April 1918 when the 13th and 15th
brigades of the AIF had played a crucial part in halting the last great German
offensive on the Western Front . It was seen then as Australia ' s greatest victory
in the war .

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Author: Bernard Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UCSD:31822016676124

Category: Art

Page: 568

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Bernard Smith's telling of this Australian drama, of the minutiae, the tragedy and the sensuality of ordinary experience is almost Proustian.

The Way to Victory

But in Villers - Bretonneux and around it were our East Lancashire , Middlesex ,
Berkshire , and Northampton troops , with West Yorkshires and others . They had
to endure a terrible ordeal of many hours of monstrous fire , so intense that an ...

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Author: Philip Gibbs

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B42516

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page:

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The History Records of Queen Victoria s Rifles 1792 1922

Perhaps Amiens means decisive victory . Capture Villers - Bretonneux whatever
happens , so that from its heights we can command Amiens with masses of
artillery . ' " He further tells us that the Allies fully realised what the loss of Villers ...

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Author: Cuthbert Alfred Garnet Cuthbert Keeson

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015074830046

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 670

View: 292

Counter Attack Villers Bretonneux April 1918

Counter Attack: Villers-Bretonneux – April 1918 details the pivotal role the Australians played in denying German victory. Villers-Bretonneux was never again threatened by the enemy.

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Author: Peter Edgar

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781922265173

Category: History

Page: 160

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The brutal 1914 German invasion of Belgium and France had gained a large portion of both countries. Over three-and-a-half punishing years the Allies were slowly pushing the Germans back but in March 1918, Germany launched a massive spring offensive. Resting in the Ypres sector after the horrors of the Passchendaele campaign, the Australians were among the first sent south to try to block the enemy. Now, after an unprecedented fortnight of advance, Germany’s goal was to capture the town of Villers-Bretonneux, key to the major rail junction of Amiens. The first attempt on 4 April found the 9th Australian Infantry Brigade in the centre of the line. They stopped the enemy at the gates. Then on 24 April the Germans launched a new attack, led by tanks, and took the town. Standing by to counter-attack were the 15th and 13th brigades of the Australian Corps. Not everything went to plan and casualties were high, but the counter-attack was brilliantly executed in spite of the odds. It became ‘a soldier’s fight’ in which the Australian troops’ morale and eagerness to get to grips with the enemy, together with their aggressive, well-practised moves under fire triumphed. Counter Attack: Villers-Bretonneux – April 1918 details the pivotal role the Australians played in denying German victory. Villers-Bretonneux was never again threatened by the enemy.

Ordeal of Victory

... guns and stores , the fruits of victory ' . The first indication of what this unusual
theory could mean in practice was shortly seen ; the action took place around the
village of Le Hamel , near Villers Bretonneux , on July 4th – Independence Day ...

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Author: John Terraine

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015069909300

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 508

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A study of Field-Marshal Douglas Haig as Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force in World War I.

Spearhead to Victory

... MacGregor , Merrifield , Metcalf , Miner , Mitchell , Nunney , Peck , Rayfield ,
Rutherford , Spall , Tait , Young , Zengel Victoria Schaumburg Lippe , Princess ,
218 Villers - Bretonneux , 5 , 74 , 75 Villers - lez - Cagnicourt , 109 , 114 Vimy
Ridge ...

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Author: Daniel George Dancocks

Publisher: Hurtig

ISBN: WISC:89066032350

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 771

Quest for Decisive Victory

Villanueva del Pardillo , 233 Villers - Bretonneux , 182 Villers - Cotterêts , 177 -
178 Vinaroz , 240 Vistula River , 257 Viza , 116 Vladivostok , 78 “ Voie Sacrée , ”
165 Volckheim , Ernst , 196 – 197 , 201 - 202 Vom Kriege , 10 Vranje , 102 ...

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Author: Robert Michael Citino

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015054461366

Category: Political Science

Page: 372

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Since the earliest days of warfare, military operations have followed a predictable formula: after a decisive battle, an army must pursue the enemy and destroy its organization in order to achieve a victorious campaign. But by the mid-19th century, the emergence of massive armies and advanced weaponry - and the concomitant decline in the effectiveness of cavalry - had diminished the practicality of pursuit, producing campaigns that bogged down short of decisive victory. Great battles had become curiously indecisive, decisive campaigns virtually impossible.

Winged Victory

And Villers - Bretonneux : the memory of that last stand in front of Amiens gave
him the creeps . Why the hell was he worrying himself about all that ? Far away
and long ago . He'd finished with that part of the world . Dogs were getting scarce
in ...

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Author: Victor M Yeates

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B63997

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 446

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Fields of Victory

... five captured and repaired British tanks ; and the only action in which they
employed them with any considerable success was at the capture of Villers
Bretonneux , April 24th , 1918 ( the success which was so quickly turned into
defeat by the ...

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Author: Mrs. Humphry Ward

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89100103142

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page: 274

View: 558

1918 Gamble for Victory

... troops , 80 Vaulx - Vraucourt , 52 Villers - Bretonneux , 77 Read , Herbert , 48-
50 Reitz , Lieutenant - Colonel Deneys , Wilhelm II , Kaiser , 12 , 24 , 85 32 , 52-
54 Rheims , 62 Ypres , 21 UNIVERSITY OF MICHICAN 55 , 47 , 51 50 90 ] INDEX
.

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Author: Robert Cowley

Publisher: New York : Macmillan Company ; London : Collier-Macmillan Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015035564114

Category: Somme (France)

Page: 90

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To Seize the Victory

... morning 8 August German secondary defence lines Divisions in reserve 3RD Z
CORPS 54TH CORPS nancourt - 1 27TH - sur - Somme ar Y ARMY 43RD RES :
AMIENS S THAUS Hamel , a 5TH AUS 11TH CORPS OUS Villers - Bretonneux ...

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Author: John Alexander Swettenham

Publisher: Ryerson Press [c1965]

ISBN: UCAL:$B742678

Category: Canada

Page: 265

View: 314

History of the World War The victory of armistice

... Arras , just a year before , on Easter Monday , that he abandons all further idea
of breaking through between the Somme and the La Bassée Canal , although he
will try for Amiens by Villers - Bretonneux on 54 HISTORY OF THE WORLD WAR.

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Author: Frank Herbert Simonds

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015048870979

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page:

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The Evolution of Victory

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Author: Andy Simpson

Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers

ISBN: UOM:39015034440977

Category: Military history, Modern-20th century

Page: 152

View: 950

The battles, or phases of operations, in France and Flanders - why they came about, how they were planned and executed, what lessons they taught and the evolution of tactics and technology which led to eventual Allied victory.

The Rugby War

"Tells the story of the revolution in world rugby that led to the game becoming fully professional.

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Author: Peter FitzSimons

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

ISBN: 9780732278823

Category: Professionalism in sport

Page: 340

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Tells the story of the revolution in world rugby that led to the game becoming fully professional. The author relates the battle for control of Rugby Union between Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch.

From the Somme to Victory

This collection of his most perceptive and challenging essays, which concentrates on British operations in France between 1916 and 1918, shows that this reputation is richly deserved.

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Author: Peter Simkins

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781781593127

Category: History

Page: 256

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Peter Simkins has established a reputation over the last forty years as one of the most original and stimulating historians of the First World War. He has made a major contribution to the debate about the performance of the British Army on the Western Front. This collection of his most perceptive and challenging essays, which concentrates on British operations in France between 1916 and 1918, shows that this reputation is richly deserved. He focuses on key aspects of the army's performance in battle, from the first day of the Somme to the Hundred Days, and gives a fascinating insight into the developing theory and practice of the army as it struggled to find a way to break through the German line. His rigorous analysis undermines some of the common assumptions - and the myths - that still cling to the history of these British battles.

Out of My Life

Put in your last ounce . Perhaps Amiens means decisive victory . Capture Villers -
Bretonneux whatever happens , so that from its heights we can command Amiens
with masses of our heavy artillery ! " was in vain ; our strength was exhausted .

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Author: Paul von Hindenburg

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101073598896

Category: World War, 1914-1918

Page:

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Modern War v 1 Grand tactics

et . seq .; individual characteristics of her soldiers , 77 ; her victory over the
French at St. - Privat , 92 et seq .; she is defeated by do . at Villepion , 120 et seq .
, -- defeats do . at Villers - Bretonneux , 142 et seq . , at Fröschwiller , 181 et seq .
, at ...

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Author: Victor Bernard Derrécagaix

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044089368153

Category: Military art and science

Page:

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Historical Tables 58 B C A D 1965

Mar . 21 - Apr . 6 : German offensive towards Amiens . 26 : Foch appointed C . - in
- C . of Allied forces in France . Apr . 12 : Germans take Armentières , ( 14 )
Bailleul , ( 25 ) Mount Kemmel . 24 - 26 : British victory at Villers - Bretonneux .

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Author: Sigfrid Henry Steinberg

Publisher: London ; Melbourne [etc.] : Macmillan ; New York : St. Martin's P.

ISBN: STANFORD:36105013443523

Category: Chronology, Historical

Page: 261

View: 814

Steve Waugh

A celebratory record of a captain's career.

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Author: Peter FitzSimons

Publisher: HarperSports

ISBN: 0732276470

Category: Cricket

Page: 232

View: 392

For many Australians, Steve Waugh is the greatest cricketer in the modern era. The man himself has remained an enigma, and that's just the way he likes it. This book goes behind Waugh's public face to paint a portrait of an emotional, complex man who is devoted to his family, and a champion of lost causes.