Monash's Masterpiece

Narrated by: Michael Carman
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force.

Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Integrated use of tanks, planes, infantry, wireless (and even carrier pigeons!) was the basis, and it went on from there, down to the details: everyone used the same maps, with updated versions delivered by motorbike despatch riders to senior commanders, including Monash. Each infantry battalion was allocated to a tank group, and they advanced together. Supplies and ammunition were dropped as needed from planes. The losses were relatively few. In the words of Monash: 'A perfected modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases.'

Monash planned for the battle to last for 90 minutes - in the end it went for 93. What happened in those minutes changed for the rest of the war the way the British fought battles and the tactics and strategies used by the Allies.

Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

©2018 Peter FitzSimons (P)2018 Hachette Australia
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  • Ian Martin
  • 07-08-18

Wonderful story.

Just finished listening to Monash's Mastermind. As good as the Petwr FitzSimons books I have read. Fascinating well researched books by a great author. Thanks Peter!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Brilliant history lesson

A fantastic story and lesson into the deeds of Sir John Monash. Brilliantly written and fantastically narrated this is another Peter Fitzsimmons book that’s hard to put down.

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  • Jon Dobson
  • 01-11-19

All high school student in Australia should read this!

In Australia we have always known about Gallipoli through study and folklore. I for one think we as Australians should celebrate or victories more then our losses and the story of Le Hamel should be at the forefront.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-20

An important story

I read this book when it first come out and enjoyed it a little more in the reading rather than the listening.
Nothing at all against the narration which was well done.

Good story about a great man and a great, albeit little known, battle of WW1.

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  • Murray Burnard
  • 05-14-20

terrific book

Another excellent story by Peter Fitzsimons. I really enjoy the way he writes an expertly recited in Audible

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  • Kevin
  • 04-17-19

a truly excellent book

I really enjoyed reading this excellent rendition of Australia greatest general and if not the greatest in World war 2. shows true tribute 2 not only a great man general Monash but also to the great Australian diggers they carried forth his vision of Southern ports that'll help and the war fast then expected.

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  • Dudley
  • 01-26-19

We all should know the story of General Monash

Peter has provided us with the most elegant account of the work of the greatest general of the modern era - General Monash. I have read other authors biographies but this is the best by a country mile.

My lower rating is because the manuscript requires major editing. There is repetition, throughout the text. I am not certain if this is deliberate. The problem it makes the book too long & takes the reader back to a place to start again.

I am a great admirer of the authors work this problem is not evident in all his books but certainly a problem in Monash & Kokoda but not in Mutiny.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-04-18

Excellent account of the battle of Hammel

This is the 4th book by Peter Fitzsimons on WWI and goes in to detail the first combined service attack with Infentry, Tanks and Aircraft. Throughly Reccomended

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  • Andrew Phillips
  • 09-20-18

Breathtaking in every detail

Unbelievable story of a true genius who achieved a great moment in history, working against the aristocratic negativity Sir John Monash is to the end a true hero. Wonderfully written by Peter Fitzsimons and the narrator Michael Carman is outstanding. Extraordinary Story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-18

Outstanding

An outstanding work of an outstanding time with precious details that should all be known. Intensely interesting, shocking, tragic , sad and all emotions in one.
Well done to our ancestors, I don’t imagine back so long ago they would expect the grown men of today to weep at their stories and with such National pride - but there ya go. I wasn’t aware that Monash was subject to such prejudice after the Great War - even more credit to a great Australian. Thank you Peter for such an absorbing work and to Michael for such a vivid performance.