Today marks the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel.
Described as a brilliant success, the Battle of Hamel took place on July 4, 1918 and lasted 93 minutes.
Hamel would later be cited in establishing Sir John Monash’s reputation among allied forces, as he became known for his meticulous planning and coordinated approach.
The Battle of Hamel was just one in a number of Battles during mid-1918 which allied forces began to see go in their favour.
Although a relatively quick battle during World War I, the Battle of Hamel was pivotal for Australian and American troops who would become an allied force during this battle.
Located north-east of Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel was strategically important to capture, as it provided a higher ground and observation for enemy forces.
Thomas Axford and Henry Dalziel both received the Victoria Cross for their acts of gallantry during the Battle of Hamel.
Upon his company Commander becoming a casualty, Lance Corporal Axford, in an act of bravery, threw bombs amongst the enemy gun crew before charging with his bayonet, killing ten enemy forces and taking six prisoners.
Private Dalziel charged an enemy gun, killed and captured the entire crew and gun allowing fellow soldiers to advance their position. Private Dalziel was heavily wounded during this attack and did not return to Australia until the following year after following his recovery from the Battle of Hamel.
Despite the success of the Battle it came at a huge cost to Australian troops who suffered 1,062 casualties, with 800 killed, devastating their families and loved ones back home.
A century later we remember and honour the bravery and sacrifice of those soldiers who served in the Battle of Hamel.