Second Battle of Bapaume

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Second Battle of Bapaume
Part of the Hundred Days Offensive of World War I
NZers passing through Bapaume, 14 Sept 1918.jpg
A New Zealand Battalion passing through recaptured Bapaume, 14 September 1918
Date 21 August – 1 September 1918
Location Bapaume, France
Result Allied victory
Belligerents
 British Empire  German Empire
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Andrew Russell German Empire

The Second Battle of Bapaume[1] was a battle of World War I that took place at Bapaume, France between 21 August and 3 September 1918. It followed the Battle of Amiens and is also referred to as the second phase of that battle. The British and Commonwealth attack is often taken to be the turning point of the First World War on the Western Front and the beginning of what was later known as the Allies' Hundred Days Offensive. Improved armoured support and artillery bombardment weakened once impregnable positions and helped the Allied forces tear holes through trench lines. On 29 August New Zealanders, after heavy fighting,[2] occupied Bapaume having broken through, with the British 5th Division, the very strong Le Transloy–Loupart trench system[3] and having overcome many other strong points around the town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rickard, J (5 September 2007), Second battle of Bapaume, 21 August-1 September 1918, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_bapaumeII.html
  2. ^ The Official History of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade; Part 4.—Bapaume, August 28th to 29th http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-NZRi-t1-body-d14-d4.html
  3. ^ Primary Documents: Sir Douglas Haig's 3rd Despatch (German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line), 31 May 1917 http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/haighindenburgdespatch.htm

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