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Monash's Masterpiece

By: Peter FitzSimons
Narrated by: Michael Carman
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The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force.

Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Integrated use of tanks, planes, infantry, wireless (and even carrier pigeons!) was the basis, and it went on from there, down to the details: everyone used the same maps, with updated versions delivered by motorbike despatch riders to senior commanders, including Monash. Each infantry battalion was allocated to a tank group, and they advanced together. Supplies and ammunition were dropped as needed from planes. The losses were relatively few. In the words of Monash: 'A perfected modern battle plan is like nothing so much as a score for an orchestral composition, where the various arms and units are the instruments, and the tasks they perform are their respective musical phrases.'

Monash planned for the battle to last for 90 minutes - in the end it went for 93. What happened in those minutes changed for the rest of the war the way the British fought battles and the tactics and strategies used by the Allies.

Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

©2018 Peter FitzSimons (P)2018 Hachette Australia
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  • Ian Martin
  • 07-08-18

Wonderful story.

Just finished listening to Monash's Mastermind. As good as the Petwr FitzSimons books I have read. Fascinating well researched books by a great author. Thanks Peter!

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  • 06-06-19

Brilliant history lesson

A fantastic story and lesson into the deeds of Sir John Monash. Brilliantly written and fantastically narrated this is another Peter Fitzsimmons book that’s hard to put down.

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  • Jon Dobson
  • 01-11-19

All high school student in Australia should read this!

In Australia we have always known about Gallipoli through study and folklore. I for one think we as Australians should celebrate or victories more then our losses and the story of Le Hamel should be at the forefront.

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  • Vivien
  • 06-17-18

A revealing tale

Monash- Peter Fitzsimons
I really enjoyed this book that followed on from the Fromelle story and then the Villers Bretonneux battle. I knew so little about Monash. I now intend to listen to Peter Fitzsimon's Gallipoli. I feel I have been shown a slice of important Australian history and now have individual accounts of such men as Jack Axford, Cliff Geddes and Two Guns Harry Dalziel as part of my knowledge of a bygone era that is indeed so easy to forget!!
Lest we forget!!

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  • ian wegener
  • 05-01-18

A most enlivening story of the great Monash

a wonderful story precisely and humanly told; brings Monash and his men back to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-22

Monash, that name and story will ever live.

That Peter FitzSimons wrote it, well, that speaks
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The narration was brilliant.
With the combined effort, I hung on every word!
Don. Budge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-22

Monash a Brilliant man & General.

Brilliant, moving & written so you felt you were a witness to the events.

I have listened to many Peter Fitzsimmons books. This is definitely my favourite. Awe inspiring Monash’s story needed to be told. And who better to tell it than Peter Fitzsimmons.

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  • Jason G Cody
  • 10-16-21

great

a really good listen keeps you engages and wanting to hear more. a great tribute to many great men

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  • geoffandkath
  • 05-05-21

Awesome

Well written and read. Great story telling of facts and the lives of the characters involved.

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  • 11-22-20

An interesting story with lots of detail

An interesting story but it was a bit of a slog at times with near endless talk of logistics etc.

Great narrator though.