This service commemorates the Australians who fought in the Battle of Amiens.
The Battle of Amiens was fought from 8 to 11 August 1918 and was the beginning of the Hundred Days Offensive that led to the end of the First World War. The attacking force involved 75,000 men, more than 500 tanks and nearly 2,000 planes, making it one of the first major battles involving armoured warfare.
The Allied force included the 1st French and 4th British Armies, and combined Australian and Canadian forces led the attack. The Australians, under then Lieutenant General John Monash, achieved their objectives in two hours. The Canadians advanced several kilometres, and in just over three hours, the enemy's front line was overrun. The Battle of Amiens achieved the greatest advance of the war – just over 11 kilometres on the first day alone.
The Rotary Club of Melbourne 0808 Committee holds an annual service to remember the Australian contribution to victory at Amiens. General Sir John Monash GCMG KCB VD was a Charter Member and President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne from 1922 to 1923.
Reviewed 25 September 2023