The “Diggers” 1918. “Peaceful Penetration” Begins. The Australians at Morlancourt Hit Back. Ville-sur-Ancre. Foch Holds the Scales. Monash Succeeds Birdwood. The Third Stroke at Morlancourt. The Hamel Plan – Tanks and the Americans. The Battle of Hamel. “Peaceful Penetration” – Its Climax on the Somme. “Peaceful Penetration” – Its Climax at Hazebrouck. The Turning Point. The Origin of “August 8th”. “Der Schwarze Tag”. Lihons. Chipilly, Proyart and Etinehem. Haig’s Second Stroke – August 21st-25th. Mont St. Quentin. The Hindenburg Outpost-Line. The Hindenburg Line. The War Ends. The Old Force Passes.
OFFICIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN THE WAR OF 1914-1918 Volume VI – The Australian Imperial Force in France: May 1918 – the Armistice
Volume six covers the last six months of the Great War and gives us the story of how the Australians hit back, showing how they were constantly on the offensive. The successful Battle of Hamel was followed by the great offensive, starting on 8th August, in which the AIF was the main spearhead in a series of smashing victories. Also of interest is the biographical information on General Monash, the corps’ Commander, as well as pen sketches of other Generals and heroes of all ranks.