Anzac Battlefields: The Western Front – Ep 6 Interstitial
As the Germans retreated towards the fortified Hindenburg Line they attempted a “scorched earth” policy, cratering roads and destroying bridges. Vigorous pursuit was necessary to prevent this. We follow the exploits of the Australians as Monash takes up the challenge and, as part of the rolling offensive, follow the New Zealand 3rd Army. Launched at the town of Bapaume, the fighting is intense, the enemy cannot be dislodged. Then the firing stops and the New Zealanders find that the Germans have abandoned the town. They press on – in one day advancing 10 kilometres and taking two and a half thousand prisoners. One week to the day later the guns fall silent. The war is over.