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neutralizer    10/14/2004 5:06:30 AM
Hamel, village in N France between Villers Bretonneux and River Somme in WW1 BEF sector. Scene of two significant battles in 1918. 4 Apr, the point where the German offensive was finally stopped. probably the most important strategic battle of WW1, basically it meant that Germany had lost. Concentrated fire by 14, 16, 18 and 39 th divisional artilleries mostly with shrapnel against troops in open, final stop by direct fire from the survivors of several field bdes (regts)RFA of these divisions most notably 14 Div. 4 Jul attack by Aust Corps and a few US (plus lots of RFA and RGA)against limited objectives, exemplary all-arms operation used as a model of 'how to do it'. Tactically interesting, strategically of minimum consequence.
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