Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel

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  • This is the battlefield where Sir John Monash's innovative tactics prevailed and changed the course of WW1. My grandfather fought here, so it was a must-see. It's so calm and peaceful and serene... 
    This is the battlefield where Sir John Monash's innovative tactics prevailed and changed the course of WW1. My grandfather fought here, so it was a must-see. It's so calm and peaceful and serene...  more »
  • We visited the memorial at Le Hamel as part of ou vosts to many World War 1 Australian sites. The memorial sits on a small hill, near the remains of German bunkers, overlooking beautiful rolling... 
    We visited the memorial at Le Hamel as part of ou vosts to many World War 1 Australian sites. The memorial sits on a small hill, near the remains of German bunkers, overlooking beautiful rolling...  more »
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  • I visited the memorial in September 2016, and it made a lasting impression. From the location overlooking the Somme valley which soaked up so much young blood 100 years ago, the simple, but very effective design, to Clemenceau's moving words. It all works brilliantly. It is also a very important location in worldwide military history, as it is where the brilliant combined arms battle plan devised by Australian Lt. General Sir John Monash was first unleashed. The German generals on the receiving end studied it well, called it "Blitzkreig", and used it to great effect in Poland, France and Russia 20 years later .
  • The memorial to the Australian Corps is built on what was once, a century ago, part of the German front line trenches. On 4th July 1918, the Australian Corps, supported by American infantry and British tanks, took those trenches in what was a masterfully co-ordinated attacked planned by Lt-General John Monash. Today, the simple but imposing memorial is in open farmland with a wide, sweeping view of the Somme countryside. As you walk from the large car park, along a footpath through the fields, you will pass a series of informative panels describing in great detail the build-up, execution and aftermath of the battle. It's all nicely laid out, extremely interesting and well worth a visit.

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