Monash’s Masterpiece : The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world
by Peter Fitzsimons
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The Battle of Hamel, on 4 July 1918 was a triumphant, and strategically very important Ally in the final stages of World War I.A large Australian part of the force commanded by the genius John Monash, fought what is described as the first modern battle where infantry, tanks, artillery and aircraft operated together, in a coordinated manner to forceMonash planned all the details meticulously with nothing left to chance: the integrated use of airplanes, wireless (and even carrier pigeons) at the base, and from there down for detailsInfantry, artillery, tanks and aircraft worked together on the battlefield, with relatively few casualties.In the words of Monash: “A modern ideal battle plan is like nothing more than a score for an orchestral composition, where the different weapons and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their musical phrases’
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