Battle of Hamel talk – LIVESTREAM
Thursday, May 24, 2018
The battle of Hamel was the first major British offensive operation since the battle of Cambrai, the first major action of the Australian Corps under the command of General Sir John Monash, and the first time infantry, artillery, tanks, and aircraft were closely integrated in combat. It was also the first time the Australians fought side by side with the Americans.
According to British historian John Terraine, Hamel was “a textbook victory, a little masterpiece casting a long shadow behind it”.
Fought on 4 July 1918, the battle of Hamel was the Australian Corps first major attack under the command of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It was a highly successful operation, lasting just 93 minutes.
Much has been written and claimed about John Monash and the Australian Corps victory at the battle of Hamel, some of it overstating the role of the Australian Imperial Force in determining the outcome of the First World War. With infantry, armour, aircraft and artillery at his disposal, Monash had the good fortune of commanding a recognisably modern, integrated weapons system that influenced the course of British offensive actions during the final ‘Hundred Days’ offensive that ended the Great War one hundred years ago.
Join Memorial historian Dr Aaron Pegram as he discusses these aspects of the battle and its significance to the fighting on the Western Front.