battle of Hamel is considered one of the most brilliantly conceived and
co-ordinated allied assaults of the war. On 4 July 1918, along th 6
kilometre front in the early morning mist, Australian infantry advanced
in close co-operation with British tanks and some American infantry.
This was Americas first attack with its British allies in the war. No
preliminary artillery bombardment warned the larger German force of the
The assault was so well organised by Australian Lieutenant General John
Monash that the battle was over in 93 minutes and casualties were
minimal. New concept were introduced with aircraft dropping ammunition
to forward troops and tanks bringing up supplies. The Australians forced
back the German front by 1.6 kilometres and liberated Hamel. This
success was due to the meticulous planning and close co-operation
between tanks, artillery, aircraft and men. Hamel was the tactical model
on which the allies successfully fought the rest of the war.