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The Battle of Bellicourt Tunnel : tommies, diggers and doughboys on the Hindenburg Line, 1918

Author: Dale Blair; Gary Sheffield
Publisher: London : Frontline Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In November 1918, the BEF under Field Marshal Haig fought a series of victorious battles on the Western Front that contributed mightily to the German Army's defeat. They did so as part of a coalition and the role of Australian 'diggers' and US 'doughboys' is often forgotten. The Bellicourt Tunnel attack ... was very much an inter-Allied affair and marked a unique moment in the Allied armies' endeavours. It was the  Read more...
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Blair, Dale.
Battle of Bellicourt Tunnel
(DLC) 2012371348
(OCoLC)701021911
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dale Blair; Gary Sheffield
ISBN: 9781473812208 1473812208 9781783832880 1783832886
OCLC Number: 880878817
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 184 pages : illustrations, maps)
Contents: The plan --
The preliminary operation --
46th North Midland Division --
American 30th Division --
American 27th Division --
Australian 3rd Division --
Australian 5th Division --
Diggers and doughboys --
30 September --
The last ridge.
Responsibility: Dale Blair ; foreword by Gary Sheffield.

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"In November 1918, the BEF under Field Marshal Haig fought a series of victorious battles on the Western Front that contributed mightily to the German Army's defeat. They did so as part of a coalition and the role of Australian 'diggers' and US 'doughboys' is often forgotten. The Bellicourt Tunnel attack ... was very much an inter-Allied affair and marked a unique moment in the Allied armies' endeavours. It was the first time that such a large cohort of Americans had fought in a British army. Additionally, untried American II Corps and experienced Australian Corps were to spearhead the attack under the command of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash with British divisions adopting supporting roles on the flanks. [The author] details the fighting and the largely forgotten desperate German defence. Although celebrated as a marvellous feat of breaking the Hindenburg Line, the American attack failed generally to achieve its set objectives and it took the Australians three days of bitter fighting to reach theirs. [The author] rejects the conventional explanation of the US 'mop up' failure and points the finger of blame at Rawlinson, Haig and Monash for expecting too much of the raw US troops, singling out the Australian Corps commander for particular criticism. Overall, he judges the fighting a draw"--Publisher's description.

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