Mont St Quentin: A Soldier's Battle

Bill Billett

The Battle of Mont St Quentin was fought from 31 August to 5 September 1918. It was the third significant Australian victory after Villers-Brettoneux and Hamel that helped bring the First World War to an end. The Battle incorporated advances in strategic planning and military technology that circumvented the stalemate on the Western Front. Major Bill Billett, who served with both the Royal Marines and the Australian SAS, gives a detailed account of the planning and execution of the battle, never forgetting the sometimes horrific human experience, or the courage that led to eight members of the First AIF being awarded the Victoria Cross. He also discusses advances in military tactics, in maintaining morale and in the technology of battle, before then examining the record of General Sir John Monash as a military commander. This book Includes historical and contemporary photographs, as well as maps and diagrams, it also gives travel information for those who wish to make a pilgrimage to the Mont St Quentin area. Soft cover, photographs, 184 pages.