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1918: The Last Year of the Great War

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1918: The Last Year of the Great War

<p>Since 2014 there has been much interest in the relevant centenary of each year of World War I. In 1918, the final year of World War I dragged on until the armistice of the 11th November 1918. The

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Since 2014 there has been much interest in the relevant centenary of each year of World War I. In 1918, the final year of World War I dragged on until the armistice of the 11th November 1918. The German army bitterly resented the surrender by the German government. The “stab in the back” mantra dominated Germany in the 1920s.The Australian victory at Hamel in the Somme basin on the 4th July 1918 resulted in widespread admiration for General John Monash, who was knighted by King George V five weeks later. In the last few months of the war, each nation struggled to cope with demands of war after four years of savage deprivation.


SUGGESTED READING

  • John Laffin, The Battle of Hamel, The Australians Finest Victory, Kangaroo Press 1999
  • Joan Beaumont, Broken Nation, Allen and Unwin, 2013
  • Andrew Wiest, The Western Front, 1917-1918, Amber 2012


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Western Front in 1918 and the ultimate failure of the German Spring Offensive under Ludendorff by July 1918
  • The Treaty of Brest Litovsk March 1918 and the withdrawal of Russia from the war
  • The counter offensive by the Allies from July 1918 and the use of tanks and planes
  • The Battle of Hamel July 1918 and the leadership of Sir John Monash
  • The Battle of Megiddo September 1918, the final offensive of the Sinai and Palestine by the BEF
  • The home fronts of Australia, Britain and Germany 1918


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the significance of the key events in the last year of World War 1
  2. Evaluate the impact of the long years of the war on the home fronts of 3 of the major participants
  3. Discuss the significance of the impact of the key generals, Haig, Ludendorff, Hindenburg, Foch and Monash
  4. Evaluate the impact of the last 100 years on World War 1 research and scholarship