Heroes of Hamel
Rating: 4 / 5
In this centennial year of the end of World War I, many books have been published recounting events and stories from this horrific four-year period of history. Stephen Dando-Collins’ Heroes of Hamel is one of the best.
This prolific author details the Australian-led Battle of Hamel which had a large impact on the course of the war, and on future combat tactics in subsequent conflicts. Masterminded and led by Australian General John Monash, there is plenty of detail of the build-up, execution and end result of this landmark battle that pushed the German forces all the way back to the Hindenburg Line.
Those interested in war history will enjoy reading how this was achieved, and the personalities involved. But as someone who is anti-war, I was dismayed at how the deaths of men were spoken of so impassively.