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Victory at Villers-Bretonneux : why a French town will never forget the Anzacs / Peter FitzSimons.

Victory at Villers-Bretonneux : why a French town will never forget the Anzacs / Peter FitzSimons.
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ISBN 9781742759524 (hardback)
Author FitzSimons, Peter author.
Title Victory at Villers-Bretonneux : why a French town will never forget the Anzacs / Peter FitzSimons.
Publisher/Date North Sydney, NSW : William Heinemann Australia, 2016.
©2016
Pagination etc. xx, 764 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references (pages 681-751) and index.
Summary Note 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.
Subject Australians -- France -- Villers-Bretonneux
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France -- Villers-Bretonneux
World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Australian
World War, 1914-1918 -- Australia
Shelf Location 940.4144 FITZ
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