Amiens – within reach but never taken

Amiens was a strategic location and a prize sought after by the German Army. It was a major railway junction station and as such acted as a hub for supplies for the Allied forces in the northern sector of the Western Front. In March 1918 the city was almost taken as German forces lunged westward toward the English Channel. They were brought to a halt just 15 kilometres away on a ridge that overlooked Amiens and the Somme Valley, and although they inflicted widespread shell damage on the city, German boots never marched through her streets. On April 25th 1918 Australian troops reversed the last forward movement of the Germans by clearing their hold on the town of Villers Bretonneux, and on August 8th the great Battle of Amiens saw the entire German force in that region pushed back many kilometres marking the beginning of the end of the Great War.