Thursday 10th January 2019
Barracks Main Gallery, Princess Royal Fortress
Free (Limited numbers - bookings essential)
A vivid exploration of the audacious, unauthorised stealth attacks of Australian infantrymen on the German front line in 1918.
The Battle of Amiens commenced on 8 August 1918, and ultimately led to the end of the First World War. During this time on the Western Front, a few daring low-ranking Australian infantrymen, alone among all the armies on the Western Front, were taking part in ‘stealth raids’. These raids, initiated by the men themselves and without the knowledge of their commanding officers, were highly successful, killing Germans, capturing prisoners and advancing the line sometimes by thousands of yards.
The supreme stealth raid of the war was the capture of Chipilly Spur, an imposing high ground manned by dozens of German machine gunners. On the 9th August 1918, six Aussie diggers crossed the Somme River and captured the spur after a British Division - thousands of men - had failed to take it in 30 hours of fighting. The diggers tactics were distinctively Australian and required ingenuity, resourcefulness and personal initiative. This is a story of men of the AIF at the peak of their powers.
'Of the six, two men are of particular interest to the Albany community. The leader Jack Hayes was part of the original contingent which stopped at Albany on the Afric. And Richard "Dick" Turpin, who lived and worked in the Albany-Denmark district and whose son is a volunteer at the National Anzac Centre.
Join Author Lucas Jordan as he delves into the world of these brave men, and attend a book signing following the talk at the Forts Store Boutique.
Book your place by calling 6820 3500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org