Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Map Series #19: Le Hamel 4 July 1918

When I was researching my recent article on General Fuller and tank warfare, I discovered he had included this very helpful map on the battle of Le Hamel, which is considered a tactical masterpiece by General Monash and an example of where the potential of the tank was on full display. This map is exceptional because it shows where the tanks were deployed at the opening of the attack.

I have supplemented the map with three photographs which will help the reader appreciate the terrain, which, to me, looks just perfect for tank warfare. Please note the directions. North is to the left; the attack was mounted from west (bottom) to east (top).  C is the 

A.  Australian Front Line

A-B.  No Man's Land

B.  German Front Line

C.  Final Objective (Looking West from the Site of the present day Australian Memorial.)

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To learn more about this interesting battle, read our article here:

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