This week the Belgian Army for the first time advanced from their defences in southern Belgium.
Today the Americans made their first solo attack on St Mihiel at the southern end of the Western Front.
One-thousand four-hundred and seventy-six Allied aircraft flying as ground support backed the attack, along with 419 American and French tanks.
Within three days, the Americans took 15 000 prisoners and captured more than 400 artillery pieces.
The Americans suffered 7000 casualties.
A disproportionate number were killed because of American officers’ desire to lead their troops.
This battle was also the first time the expression ‘‘D-Day’’ was used.
The Bolsheviks made their first reparations, totalling $25 million in gold, to the Germans.
This payment had been forced from the Russians by the Treaty of Brest Litovsk.
These German demands would be used against them during Versailles Treaty negotiations.
Meanwhile, Mary, the elder and only surviving daughter of Nurse Bagnell, died this week in Melbourne’s Homoeopathic Hospital, later called Prince Henry’s.
Nurse Bagnell ran one of Benalla’s more successful private lying-in hospitals.
Tomorrow, 100 years ago, Wirth’s Circus would give its only Benalla performance this year.
The circus arrived today in Benalla on three trains.
Its menagerie included elephants, buffaloes, camels, tigers, leopards and panthers.
It also has jackals, polar bears, brown and grizzly bears and monkeys.
Elephants, lions and tigers figured among its performers.
The circus had a marquee seating 5000.
This week Hugo Wertheim Pty Ltd sued Mary Cook in Benalla court to recover $11.93 for a milk separator that it had sold her.
When the German-made separator broke, parts could not be obtained despite promises made to her.
Cook refused to pay for something that could not be repaired. She lost.
— John Barry, ANZAC Commemorative Working Party, Coo-ee — Honouring our
Fine line: Canadian troops marching to front in 1918.