On 8 August 1918, an attack began on the Somme that would be staggeringly successful. The Battle of Amiens, an all-arms attack led by Australian and Canadian troops, captured kilometres of ground and vast numbers of German men and materiel. From 8 August 1918, the German Army was on the back foot, the result of what Erich Ludendorff called "the black day of the German Army". Often regarded as the natural conclusion to Monash's success at Hamel a month earlier, Amiens was warfare on a staggering scale. This talk will examine how the first day of this battle was planned and executed by the Australians and by the Canadians, and explore the ways in which tanks, artillery, aircraft, and advanced tactics were combined in different, but successful, ways.
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