The Battle That Won the War - Bellenglise

Breaching the Hindenburg Line 1918

Peter Rostron

Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8 pages b&w plates
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It is no exaggeration to claim that 46th North Midland Division’s action on 29 September 1918 was the hammer blow that shattered the will of the German High Command.

Painting the strategic picture from early 1918 and the dark weeks following the German’s March offensive, the Author lays the ground for the Allied counter-strike. Ahead of them was the mighty Hindenburg Line, the Kaiser’s formidable defensive obstacle given added strength by the St Quentin Canal.

Undaunted the Allies attacked using American, Australian and British formations. Led by Major General Boyd, 46 Division stormed the Canal and, thanks to a combination of sound planning and determined courageous fighting, seized their Hindenburg Line objective by the end of the day.

The psychological damage to the German will, already weakened by the failure of the Spring offensive, is demonstrate by Ludendorff’s collapse and opening of negotiations that led five weeks later to the Armistice.

About The Author

Peter Rostron Was Educated At Clifton And London University, Where He Read Arabic. He Joined The Gloucestershire Regiment In 1964, And Served Worldwide Including Many Tours In Northern Ireland Before Commanding The First Battalion. He Was A Defence Attache In South America And An Instructor At The Army Staff College. He Is An International Fellow Of The United States Army War College.

Since Leaving The Army, He Has Combined Security Work In The Balkans, Middle East And South America, Election Monitoring From Armenia To Zambia And Management Consultancy In South Africa, With Running A Vineyard In The West Country. His Biography Of General Sir Miles Dempsey, Monty’s Army Commander, Is In Print With Pen And Sword Military. He Is Married, With A Son Serving In The British Army And A Daughter Who Is A Nurse.

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