The Battles of Bullecourt: A Story of Allied Loss in 1917

In early 1917 four experienced Australian divisions were committed to battle with their British allies to seize the German Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt. When the first attack on 11 April failed, the British Commander, General Hubert Gough ordered a second attack on the basis that minor tactical reversals should not impede greater strategic objectives. In total, there were more than 10,000 Allied casualties. We will examine the tactics and objectives of the German and Allied forces and expose the bitter resentment that developmed between the Australians and the British High Command.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • David Coombes, The Battles of Bullecourt 1917, Australian Army History Unit, 2017
  • David Coombes, A Greater Sum of Sorrow – The Battles of Bullecourt, Big Sky Publishing 2016
  • Paul Kendall, Bullecourt – Breaching the Hindenburg Line 1917, The History Press, 2017
  • Jonathan Walker, The Blood Tub: General Gough and the Battle of Bullecourt 1917, Pen and Sword Military UK, 2015

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Analysis of operations on the Western Front 1917
  • Comparison of Allied and German commanders
  • Description of the Hindenburg Line Defences
  • First Bullecourt – 11 April 1917
  • Battle of Lagnicourt – 15 April 1917
  • Second Bullecourt – 3 May 1917
  • Casualties and Aftermath
  • Bullecourt battlefield today

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  1. Understand major operations on the Western Front in 1917.
  2. Understand the structure, tactics and objectives of the British and Allied armies in 1917.
  3. Understand the structure, tactics and objectives of the German Army in 1917.
  4. Appreciate the huge numbers of casualties caused by faulty tactics.
  5. Appreciate the significance of the Bullecourt battlefield today.
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