Victory at Villers-Bretonneux
by Peter Fitzsimons
Editor: Random House Australia
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It is the beginning of 1918, and after four brutal years, the fate of the Great War in the balanceOn the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks took power in Russia immediately in pursuit of peace with Germany – which means that not less than a million of the emperor, soldiers can now be transferred from there to the Western Front.On the others, now that America has entered the war, it means that two million American soldiers are also on their way, to tip the scales of war for the Allies.The Germans, aware that their only hope is striking to see in the Allied lines first, do exactly that, and on the morning of 21 March 1918, the Kaiserschlacht, the battle of Kaiser, is launched – the greatest battle game the world has ever seen.Across a 45 miles ahead, no less than two million German soldiers rushed into Allied lines, with the intention of dividing British and French forces, and driving all the way through the town of Villers-Bretonneux, how much their artillery will be able to with a rain of shells on the train-hub-town touch of Amiens, thus limiting the Allied lines of Amiens.For almost two weeks now, the plan has been working wonderfully, and the Germans are able to move forward without checking, as exhausted British troops fleeing in front of them, as are the tens of thousands of French refugees.In desperation, the British commander, General Douglas Haig, calls the Australian soldiers to stop the German advance, and save Villers-Bretonneux money.If Australians can hold this, the Amiens Gate, then the Germans won’t win the war.” It’s ours, then,” one of the Creuseurs wrote in his diary,By arriving at Villers-Bretonneux, just in time, the Australians are indeed able to repel the Germans, the launch of a violent counter-attack that throws the Germans back for the first time.And then, on Anzac Day 1918, when the city fell after all the British defenders, it was again the Australians who were called to save the day, from the city, and you were called to save the city.
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