A Brilliantly Successful Battle
Four brigades from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Australian Divisions were joined by 1000 US infantry troops for the attack. Supported by 550 guns, 60 tanks and 85 aircraft, in just 93 minutes the troops had taken all of their objectives, and had advanced two kilometres along a six kilometre front. The Germans lost 2600 men, while the Australians and Americans lost 1260. The battle was used as a blueprint for future tactics, and repeated on a much larger scale during the Allied counter-attack of 8 August 1918 (known as the 'Black Day of the German Army') and which led to the signing of the Armistice.
The Australian Corps Memorial Park
A memorial park to the Australian Corps now stands upon the positions captured by the Australians and Americans that day. Interpretative panels lead to the main memorial, which features a large bronze rising sun and a quote by French Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau from the speech he addressed to the Australian troops a few days after their capture of Le Hamel. The remains of part of the captured German trench can also be visited within the memorial park.
Free access all year
80800 Le Hamel
Val de Somme Tourist Office
28/30 place de la République
Tel +33(0)3 22 96 95 76
Longitude 2.58148 | Latitude 49.8999