"Péronne was doomed. With the aid of a telescope I could see Huns moving back to the high ground where they have decided to make a stand there or retreat to the Hindenburg Line is difficult to say … If only we can be as successful this month as last we should be drawing this terrible war to some definite conclusion at least making the Hun realise the futility of continuing the struggle any longer."
By the end of August, the Australians had advanced as far as Mont St Quentin and Péronne. After three days’ hard fighting, the battle was won. Many thought it the AIF’s finest achievement of the war. The Australians were exhausted and critically low in numbers. Nevertheless, they took part in the final breakthroughs of the Hindenburg Line, until at last they were relieved in early October.
Within weeks came the Armistice. The German army was beaten – a remarkable turnaround from the desperate situation in March. After more than four years of unimaginable bloodshed and destruction, the war was finally over.