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Monash's Masterpiece

The Battle of Le Hamel and the 93 Minutes that Changed the World

Peter FitzSimons



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Hachette Australia
24 April 2018
The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WW1. A largely Australian force commanded by the brilliant John Monash fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force.

Monash planned every detail meticulously with nothing left to chance: infantry, artillery, tanks, planes, wireless (and even carrier pigeons!) worked together of the battlefront with relatively few losses.

In the words of Monash: "A perfect modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases."

Monash planned for the battle to last for 90 minutes; it went for 93. What happened in those 93 minutes changed the way the British fought battles for the rest of the war, as well as the tactics and strategies used by the Allies.

Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.
By:   Peter FitzSimons
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   560g
ISBN:   9780733640087
ISBN 10:   0733640087
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   24 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 30 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and the SUN-HERALD.He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including KOKODA, NED KELLY and GALLIPOLI, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history. Peter grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson - journalist, magazine editor and television presenter - have three children; they live in Sydney.

Reviews for Monash's Masterpiece: The Battle of Le Hamel and the 93 Minutes that Changed the World

...a gripping good read. - Weekend Australian

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