AMERICAN DOUGHBOYS AND AUSSIE DIGGERS – CENTENARY
The Battle of Hamel – 4th July 1918.
Under the command of Australian General Sir John Monash, the Australians and Americans, (diggers and doughboys), fought side by side in France in the Battle of Hamel on 4th July 1918. In honour of the doughboys he was commanding, General Sir John Monash had chosen America’s Independence Day, as the date of the offensive.
Despite an agreement between The British commander-in-chief, Douglas Haig and America’s General John Pershing, that American forces were only to be used in defensive roles, Pershing let Monash have four companies of soldiers for the attack. Also, for the first time on a battlefield, tanks were used to bring up supplies behind the advancing troops. The battle was a spectacular success, and laid the foundation for future victories and the end of hostilities on the Western Front.
At 11a.m. on the 11th November, 1918, an Armistice was signed and the guns fell silent. The Great War had ended, but the repercussions for both our countries would be felt for years to come.
I have written four books set against a background of WW1.
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Three men stole Lauren’s love, only one will keep it.
Margaret writes Historical Western Romance and Historical Romance