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Counter Attack

Villers-Bretonneux - April 1918

Peter Edgar



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01 June 2020
The brutal 1914 German invasion of Belgium and France had gained a large portion of both countries. Over three-and-a-half punishing years the Allies were slowly pushing the Germans back but in March 1918, Germany launched a massive spring offensive. Resting in the Ypres sector after the horrors of the Passchendaele campaign, the Australians were among the first sent south to try to block the enemy.

Now, after an unprecedented fortnight of advance, Germany's goal was to capture the town of Villers-Bretonneux, key to the major rail junction of Amiens. The first attempt on 4 April found the 9th Australian Infantry Brigade in the centre of the line. They stopped the enemy at the gates. Then on 24 April the Germans launched a new attack, led by tanks, and took the town.

Standing by to counter-attack were the 15th and 13th brigades of the Australian Corps. Not everything went to plan and casualties were high, but the counter-attack was brilliantly executed in spite of the odds. It became 'a soldier's fight' in which the Australian troops' morale and eagerness to get to grips with the enemy, together with their aggressive, well-practised moves under fire triumphed.

Counter Attack: Villers-Bretonneux - April 1918 details the pivotal role the Australians played in denying German victory. Villers-Bretonneux was never again threatened by the enemy

Book Features:
- Part of the highly successful Australian Army Campaign Series.
- Full colour with low RRP of $19.99 provides great value for money.
- National PR campaign targeting Australia’s leading Military – History Magazines and Journals – physical and online.
- Advertised in trade publications – InCite Magazine, Good Reading and B+P Magazine.
- Mainstream Capital City newspaper book reviews and ABC local and national radio for author interviews.
By:   Peter Edgar
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781922265166
ISBN 10:   1922265160
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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