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After the Allied successes of 8 August 1918 there was a series of hammer blows against the retreating Germans. However, by the end of that month the assaulting forces were weakened themselves and decidedly footsore. Ahead lay the brooding hill of Mont St Quentin which commanded views of Peronne town and the Somme river valley. General John Monash, pushing his men to the limit planned an Australian assault on the Mont that would force the Germans further back to the Hindenburg line.
Above: Mount St Quentin By Arthur Streeton (AWM)
Below: Captioned "The gaps in the wire near Anvil Wood through which the 53rd Battn. rushed the machine gun posts on Aug 31st 1918 were death traps." Collection of National Media Museum (Frank Hurley/Australian War Records Section)
Between 31 August and 2 September soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force showed dash, courage and persistence in capturing the Hill with its formidable dug in defence positions. Julian Whippy will describe the action's importance, which, for the 2nd Australian Division in particular is evidenced by the striking “Digger memorial” which stands proudly atop the hill today.
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