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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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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

unbelievable amazing

I had little knowledge what Monash did World War 1, but after listening to this book I will never forget his name and what the soldier's had done.

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  • Vivien
  • 06-17-18

A revealing tale

Monash- Peter Fitzsimons
I really enjoyed this book that followed on from the Fromelle story and then the Villers Bretonneux battle. I knew so little about Monash. I now intend to listen to Peter Fitzsimon's Gallipoli. I feel I have been shown a slice of important Australian history and now have individual accounts of such men as Jack Axford, Cliff Geddes and Two Guns Harry Dalziel as part of my knowledge of a bygone era that is indeed so easy to forget!!
Lest we forget!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-18

Masterpiece

A classic story written with the upmost respect and honour. This story should sit atop our country’s history for eternity as a beacon of our nations integrity & culture.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-18

A story that had to be told.

Thanks to Peter for writing, no crafting this story that had to be told in the manner in which it was told.
Your words should spark our collective conscience in homage and pride of our diggers who; if alive today would roll their eyes in horror at what we have become. Lest we forget.

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  • ian wegener
  • 05-01-18

A most enlivening story of the great Monash

a wonderful story precisely and humanly told; brings Monash and his men back to life