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Villers Bretonneux

Battleground - WW1

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Villers Bretonneux by Peter Pedersen
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Description

Villers-Bretonneux was the key to the strategically important communications centre of Amiens, a principal objective of the German offensive that began in March 1918. The main road and the railway westward to Amiens ran through Villers-Bretonneux and the city could also be seen from it. Until the Germans took the town, Amiens would remain beyond their grasp. The successful defence of Villers-Bretonneux has come to be regarded as an Australian battle but British formations were heavily involved as well. Most of the decision-making fell to brigade and battalion commanders. Their initiative was critical. Units were sometimes hastily cobbled together from whatever troops were available and then thrown in to stem the German tide. As there were no permanent trenches, the battles were fluid with wide-ranging flanking movements commonplace. At one extreme, the bayonet figured prominently; at the other, tanks fought each other for the first time.

Author Biography

Dr Peter Pedersen is an author and historian.
Release date Australia
January 20th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Ill.
Imprint
Leo Cooper Ltd
Pages
160
Dimensions
134x220x10
ISBN-13
9781844150618
Product ID
1936816

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