Victoria Cross: A l'assaut de la ligne Hindenburg
rue Victor Basch
About this equipment
In August 1916, two new generals took over command of the German Army, Ludendorff and Hindenburg. They decided to build what would be called the “Hindenburg Line” from the south of Arras to the Chemin des Dames in order to reduce the length of their front line by 80 km. This incredible series of trench networks, made up of thousands of bunkers, underground shelters, protected by barbed wire up to 300 metres deep was most heavily fortified along the Saint Quentin Canal. Two major offensives took place in this sector in 1918. First, operation Michael in the spring, also known as the Battle of the Emperor, which saw the German Army fall back at the gates of Amiens during the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. The second major offensive, near Saint Quentin, in September and October 1918 led by British, Australian and American forces took place following another German withdrawal behind the Hindenburg Line. In all, 23 soldiers from the British Empire were involved in heroic deeds in the Saint-Quentin sector in 1917 and 1918, for which they received the highest and most prestigious military decoration awarded by the British and Commonwealth Army: the Victoria Cross, presented by King George V. The Heroes’ trail stretches from the battlefields of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais to the Chemin des Dames by way of the Somme. It consists of 6 routes and a mobile phone application portraying 50 brave soldiers. For their courageous acts, these men received the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a British or Commonwealth soldier.
From 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
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