The Battle of Amiens, sometimes referred to as “The Third Battle of Picardy”, was the opening phase of the Allied offensive which began on August 8, 1918; the offensive was later known as The Hundred Days Campaign.

The Allied offensive (including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and France) plan included assigning the Canadian Corps the task of leading an attack near Amiens on August 8th.  Secrecy was key as the Germans had come to look at any movement of Canadians as a sign of imminent attack.  With this in mind, a counter-intelligence operation to deceive the Germans as to the real locations of troops was conducted.  Preparations were carried out at night and there was no preliminary warning of impending action.  The attack would come as a complete surprise.  With British tanks at the front, and Australian and French troops at their flank, the Canadians were able to advance 20 kilometres in just three days.

60 POUNDER GUNS IN ACTION DURING THE BATTLE OF AMIENS, AUGUST, 1918

 

THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE (credit: Imperial War Museum)

 

Though the Germans referred to the day as “the black day”, the heavy fighting came at a significant cost: the Canadian Corps suffered 9074 casualties.

 

THE WOUNDED AT AMIENS (credit: Canadian War Museum)

 

Canadian troops remained in Europe to share in the Allied occupation; they returned home to Canada in 1919.

An interesting article, “Four Soldiers, Four Battles”, written by Tim Cook, can be found in the July/August 2018 issue of Legion Magazine.  Read the stories of four men who participated in the Hundred Days campaign.