Thales-ASPI Hamel Centenary Oration
To mark the occasion of the centenary of the Battle of Hamel, please join ASPI and Thales Australia for the inaugural Hamel Oration, to be delivered by Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, incoming Chief of Defence Force. Lieutenant General Campbell will offer his reflections on the significance of the attack and its Commander, Lieutenant General John Monash.
‘It was high time that the anxiety and nervousness of the public, at the sinister encroachments of the enemy upon regions which he had never previously trodden, should be allayed by a demonstration that there was still some kick left in the British Army. I was ambitious that any such kick should be administered, first, at any rate, by the Australians’ – Lieutenant General John Monash prior to the Battle of Hamel.
Perhaps the perfect compilation of infantry, armour, air and artillery, the Battle of Hamel is considered a textbook victory. Strategically positioned to offer a launching point to the surrounding Somme area and vital to the defence of nearby Amiens, Hamel was taken by the Allies in just over an hour and a half on 4 July 1918. Under the leadership of Lt. Gen John Monash, the predominantly Australian force supported by American infantry and British Mark V tanks inflicted some 2,000 German casualties and captured masses of weapons and supplies. During the battle, the Allies suffered 1,400 killed or wounded with 1,062 of them being Australian. Hamel was to be a turning point in the war with the tactics employed by Lt. Gen Monash later used in the August and September offensives which overwhelmed German forces and resulted in their surrender on 11 November 1918, ending World War I.
Artefacts from the Battle of Hamel will be on display in the area during the drinks and canapes reception.
This event is kindly sponsored by Thales Australia.