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Villers Bretonneux : Somme Battleground Europe Wwi - PEDERSEN PETER

Villers Bretonneux

Somme Battleground Europe Wwi

Paperback Published: 20th January 2004
ISBN: 9781844150618
Number Of Pages: 160

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Villers-Bretonneux was the key to the strategically important communications centre of Amiens, a principal objective of the German offensive that began in March 1918. The main road and the railway westward to Amiens ran through Villers-Bretonneux and the city could also be seen from it. Until the Germans took the town, Amiens would remain beyond their grasp. The successful defence of Villers-Bretonneux has come to be regarded as an Australian battle but British formations were heavily involved as well. Most of the decision-making fell to brigade and battalion commanders. Their initiative was critical. Units were sometimes hastily cobbled together from whatever troops were available and then thrown in to stem the German tide. As there were no permanent trenches, the battles were fluid with wide-ranging flanking movements commonplace. At one extreme, the bayonet figured prominently; at the other, tanks fought each other for the first time.

ISBN: 9781844150618
ISBN-10: 1844150615
Series: Battleground Europe
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 20th January 2004
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.4  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.18