|Object type||Black & white - Glass original whole plate negative|
Unknown Australian Official Photographer
|Place made||France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Hamel Area, Hamel|
|Date made||4 July 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
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The burning village of Hamel (centre) and the smoke enveloped Hamel Wood, during their attack and ...
The burning village of Hamel (centre) and the smoke enveloped Hamel Wood, during their attack and capture by the Australian troops, on 4 July 1918. The line of trees running from left to right borders the Somme Canal. Vaire Wood and Hamel Wood with the village itself were the chief centres of resistance which were overcome by the 4th and 11th Brigades respectively, the 6th Brigade attacking on the right. A battalion of Americans shared the victory, and one report from the new front line of the 11th Brigade read: 'U.S. troops are now classified as Diggers'.