It is no exaggeration to claim that 46th North Midland Division s action on 29 September 1918 was the hammer blow that shattered the will of the German High Command. Painting the strategic picture from early 1918 and the dark weeks following the German s March offensive, the Author lays the ground for the Allied counter-strike. Ahead of them was the mighty Hindenburg Line, the Kaiser s formidable defensive obstacle given added strength by the St Quentin Canal. Undaunted the Allies attacked using American, Australian and British formations. Led by Major General Boyd, 46 Division stormed the Canal and, thanks to a combination of sound planning and determined courageous fighting, seized their Hindenburg Line objective by the end of the day. The psychological damage to the German will, already weakened by the failure of the Spring offensive, is demonstrate by Ludendorff s collapse and opening of negotiations that led five weeks later to the Armistice.
BATTLE THAT WON THE WAR : BELLENGLISE Breaching the Hindenburg Line 1918
The Battle of St Quentin Canal involved British Fourth Army (including Australian and U.S. troops) and was the fourth and final attack of Marshal Foch’s coordinated hammer blows against the German line in late September 1918. The Battle of Bellenglise is the name given to the fighting on the right flank of the British line, where British IX Corps had to cross the formidable open canal cutting. It was spearheaded by 46 (North Midland) Division. The book is well-organised, well-written and generously-illustrated and contains first hand accounts of the action.