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'Sir John Monash & The Battle of Le Hamel July 1918' with Paul Cobb


In this talk Paul Cobb will look at the career of General Monash whose spectacular promotion led him to command the Australian Corps. Monash was highly regarded, and even touted as a possible replacement for Sir Douglas Haig. But was he as good as his reputation now suggests? The second half of this presentation will look at the Battle of Le Hame…

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*** Meeting CANCELLED *** Sir John Monash and the Battle of Le Hamel, 4th July 1918 by Paul Cobb


*** Meeting CANCELLED *** The branch committee have decided to cancel this meeting due to the England football team playing their World Cup Semi-Final on the evening of Wednesday 11th July. Paul Cobb will present this talk as part of our speaker programme in 2019. Paul Cobb first visited the battlefields in 1969 and has been back many times under…

‘Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918’ by John Lee


John Lee will be giving a talk titled ‘Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918’. ‘Operation Mars’ on 28 March 1918 was supposed to be the decisive blow at Arras to complete the defeat of the BEF. It was a catastrophic failure for Germany – almost their 1st July 1916!  On 4 July at Hamel Monash’s Australians, with a great deal of hel…