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
Second of the German Dictator Generals: Paul von Hindenburg.