Latest post: ‘The shape of things to come’: the Battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918 by Philip Dutton

Prelude - a battle little known Though hardly the immediate basis for a lasting 'special relationship?, a small and very successful battle took place on the Western Front on 4 July 1918 ' exactly one hundredyears ago ' which marked the first time British and American forces fought together during the First World War. This attack represented the first stirrings of an offensive spirit which had been all but eclipsed by the demands of repeated German offensives, and one that displayed a number of novel and innovative features. 'The shape of things to come ' [1] Background With but few notable exceptions[2], the history of British offensive operations on the... read more