14th Aug 1918: Australians revert back to ‘peaceful penetration’ tactics

Following the cessation of the major Somme offensive on 11th August, the next week was dominated by local operations conducted by the front line units to straighten the front and to dispose of a number of strong points, small woods and village ruins which as long as they remained in enemy hands were a source of annoyance. The attitude of the Germans was alert but not aggressive, and that he showed every desire to stand and fight. There was no indication of any intention to withdraw out of the great bend in the river, a point corroborated from the statements from the steady toll of prisoners being taken.

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