Centenary of the Battle of Hamel

Planned and executed by General Sir John Monash GC KCB VD and regarded as the “textbook example” of an efficient and effective set-piece military engagement, the centenary of the Battle of Hamel will be marked on 4 July 2018.

This successful Allied action on the Western Front was designed to straighten the Allied line in the Amiens sector and the battle was notable for the careful co-ordination of infantry, artillery, armour and aircraft by Sir John Monash. The battle was a notable success due to the planning and direction provided by and was the first successful example of a combined arms attacks and included units of the American Expeditionary Force under Australian command.

The Centenary of the Battle of Hamel commemorative service will be conducted at the Australian Corps Memorial, located 500 metres to the west of the village of Le Hamel in the Hauts-de-France Region of Northern France.

The Memorial was constructed on the ridge that was the objective of the 4 July 1918 battle fought at this location. It honours not only the success of the battle but the service of all Australians who fought on the Western Front as part of the Australian Corp.

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