Costly at­tack

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ex­am­ple, Bre­ton­neux.

Aus­tralians died re­cap­tur­ing po­si­tions ini­tially won by Aus­tralians that had been then lost by Bri­tish units hold­ing them.

Al­though this was mutiny and de­ser­tion, be­ing AWOL was the only charge laid.

All charges were aban­doned af­ter Novem­ber 11.

Two other Aus­tralian Di­vi­sions, sup­ported by Amer­i­can and Bri­tish Di­vi­sions and 150 tanks, at­tacked the Hin­den­burg Line where it in­ter­sected with St Quentin Canal.

This point was re­garded by the Ger­mans as im­preg­nable.

The Amer­i­cans suf­fered enor­mous ca­su­al­ties and could not go on.

The Aus­tralians pressed on, pro­tected by the heav­i­est ar­tillery bar­rage of the War.

To­day, 100 years ago, they had ripped a hole 17 km wide in the Hin­den­burg Line and ad­vanced on Beau­revoir Line, the Ger­mans’ last de­fen­sive line. at Villers

Lu­den­dorff and von Hin­den­burg in­formed a thun­der­struck Kaiser that Ger­many must have an im­me­di­ate Ar­mistice.

South east of these at­tacks 31 French Di­vi­sions and 1.2 mil­lion Amer­i­can soldiers launched an of­fen­sive through the Ar­gonne for­est to­wards Sedan.

They out­num­bered the de­fend­ers four to one.

The ar­tillery bar­rage alone cost $1 mil­lion a minute.

Three hun­dred-and-eighty tanks and 840 aero­planes sup­ported the of­fen­sive.

In­ex­pe­ri­enced and in­com­pe­tently led, the Amer­i­cans were cut to pieces.

Their of­fen­sive would be still strug­gling to­wards its ob­jec­tives at the Ar­mistice.

The Ar­gonne cam­paign with its 192 000 ca­su­al­ties still colours Amer­i­can views of the Great War.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment statis­ti­cian re­vealed this week that there were 27 wine­grow­ers in Be­nalla Shire.

They pro­duced 135 tonnes of grapes and 66 918 litres of wine in 1917-1918.

Be­nalla’s ‘‘dry’’ show was held this week.

Gate tak­ings to­talled $378, an in­crease of $40 on the pre­vi­ous year.

This week, for­mer Su­per­in­ten­dent Sadleir wrote an ar­ti­cle in The Aus­tralasian about his con­duct of the Kelly hunt.

He sought to min­imise the Royal Com­mis­sion’s crit­i­cisms of him and to jus­tify his con­duct.

— John Barry, AN­ZAC Com­mem­o­ra­tive Work­ing Party, Coo-ee — Hon­our­ing

our WWIheroes

Sec­ond of the Ger­man Dic­ta­tor Gen­er­als: Paul von Hin­den­burg.

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