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By Alistair McCluskey

In the course of the spring of 1918 Germany were at the offensive at the Western entrance yet had didn't holiday the Allies at any aspect. In July they'd been compelled again from the river Marne and have been once more at the protecting. The Allies have been now able to raise the strain. The Amiens quarter used to be chosen and arrangements have been made in nice secrecy with diversionary job at different issues at the line. 32 divisions have been concerned (twelve French, 8 British, 5 Australian, 4 Canadian and one American) supported through over 500 tanks and overwhelming airpower. the 1st day observed an Allied develop of five miles throughout a 12-mile entrance, with over 27,000 German casualties. growth was once then much less unbelievable yet by the point the conflict ended on August eleven Germany had misplaced 75,000 males, and suffered a critical blow to morale. Amiens was once striking for its profitable software of the recent combined-arms strategies, totally integrating infantry, artillery, armor and airpower on the graduation of the Allies' ultimate, war-winning offensive. released at the ninetieth anniversary of the conflict, this ebook units the strategic scene and obviously describes the battling, highlighting the importance of the newly built equipment of struggle and detailing the troop events that caused the leap forward and swift increase that used to be completed.

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3 0830hrs: the 1/55th, 1/97th and II/97th infantry regiments halt the 13th, 14th and 15th battalions' advance with heavy machine-gun fire. 4 0845hrs: batteries from the 13th, 137th and 243rd field artillery regiments engage the Australians across the Somme from the Chipilly Spur. The tanks closest to the river in support of the 15th (Queensland and Tasmania) Battalion are destroyed. 5 0830-0930hrs: British and Australian artillery push forward to support the assault. 6 0900hrs: 39th Battery RA suppresses 1155th Infantry Regiment allowing 14th (Victoria) Battalion to assault Morcourt from the south.

An 18-pdr battery in action. The 18-pdr was the main weapon of the field artillery in the divisional artillery brigades, equipping three of the four batteries in each brigade. It was brought into service in 1904 and by 1918 the Mk. III variant had a range of 8,230m. (IWM E(Aus) 2925) 43 The view from the position of 8th Battery, 13th Field Artillery Regiment, in Celestins Wood south-west across the Somme valley as the mist burns away on an August morning. The village of Cerisy is in the foreground with Susan Wood on the skyline to the left and Reginald Wood on the skyline to the right.

The objective of the 174th Brigade was An oblique aerial view of the 58th Division sector. The British front line runs through the two dark fields just beyond the lane in the bottom right foreground. The German front line runs through the dark field running parallel to the lane. The first objective was on the far edge of Malard Wood. The southern tip of Gressaire Wood is in the top left corner and the Chipilly Spur runs across the centre. According to German records, the 265th Reserve Infantry Regiment 'was liquidated' by the 174th Brigade in this area.

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