The Battle of Amiens, also known as the Third Battle of Picardy, was the opening phase of the Allied offensive which began on 8 August 1918, later known as the Hundred Days Offensive, that ultimately led to the end of the First World War. (Wikipedia)
This week saw the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Amiens with a service of remembrance held in the cathedral at Amiens and attended by representatives from the allied countries and also relatives of those who had been caught up in this offensive. The story of the battle told through contemporary letters, diaries and poems was a poignant reminder of how deeply significant this battle was in the final push towards the end of the war.
Battle of Amiens. Cavalry passing through Beaucourt en-Santerre to attack Le Quesnel, 9 August 1918. Stereoscopic.
|© IWM (Q 8198)
Battle of Amiens. British horse-Wagon convoy passing under the German Ortskommandantur (Town Major's Office) notice swinging across the road at Cayeux-en-Santerre, 9 August 1918, the day after its capture. Stereoscopic.
|© IWM (Q 8232)
This poignant photograph was taken exactly 100 years ago today
Battle of Amiens. Prisoners taken by the French near Roye
12 August 1918. Stereoscopic.
|© IWM (Q 8230)
Around 1200 prisoners were captured
All these photographs are from the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum.
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