Author(s): Bill Billett
This is the story of the third significant Australian victory (after Viller-Brettoneux and Hamel)fought over 31 August to 5 September 1918. Mont St Quentin and Peronne, were both keys to German defence of the Somme River. The village of St Quentin was taken, held against counterattack, and the Australian forces then advanced on Pronne, which was cleared street by street and house by house. This book gives a detailed account of the planning and execution of the battle, the sometimes horrific human experience of the battle, and the courage that led to eight members of the First AIF being awarded the Victoria Cross.