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Celebrates one of Australia's most significant yet least known feats of arms in the Great War. On 4 July 1918 at Hamel, a fortified village in the north of France, a combined force of battle-hardened Australians and some untried American reinforcements, backed up by British tanks, artillery and aircraft, destroyed a major enemy position in a short, sharp battle that spelled the way to the sudden collapse of the German forces. At Hamel the Australians demonstrated a new style of warfare which, four months later, broke the will of the German armies. Hamel was, in effect, where the deadlock was broken and the Great War was won. This documentary describes the battle for Hamel and traces the events leading to it.

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Geoff Barnes
Geoff Barnes
Don Keyes

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Drama, History and national identity