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The Battle That Won the War - Bellenglise (Hardback)

Breaching the Hindenburg Line 1918

WWI 1918 Military

By Peter Rostron
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526711625
Published: 9th April 2018



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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.

This slim volume covers in considerable depth the actions of the 46th (North Midland) Division at the Bellicourt Tunnel and the St Quentin Canal on and around the 29th September 1918, when they broke the Hindenburg Line.
This is a competent and readable account of the actions which can be considered complementary to Dale Blair's volume about The Battle of Bellicourt Tunnel, describing events on the left wing of the action.

Stand To! Journal of the Western Front Association

As featured by

The Armourer, August 2018

First-rate work. 10/10

The Great War magazine, July 2018

As featured 'ON THE SHELF'

Wargames Illustrated, March 2018
 Peter Rostron

About Peter Rostron

Peter Rostron is a former soldier who served with the Gloucestershire Regiment. He is an International Fellow of the United States Army War College.

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