Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

With the collapse of Russia in October 1917, a major German offensive on the Western Front was expected in early 1918. This came in late March where Frank participated in the now legendary counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux.

On the 24th of March 1918 The Germans took the town, but that night and the next day it was recaptured by the Australians.

On the northern flank the Battalions of the 15th Brigade which included Frank were ready to advance along the Fouilloy-Cashy Road this advance commenced at 11.45pm some two hours after the advance by the 13th Brigade who were to the south. 

The Brigade continued their advance to the Roman Road where the line was consolidated. This resulted in the German Garrison in Villers-Bretonneux being cut off. Whilst the British units were to provide support to the Australian offensive they were late in arriving. 

The town was to remain in Allied hand for the remained of the war

The people of Villers-Bretonneux continue to express gratitude to Australia to this day. The Australian War Memorial in France is located just outside Villers-Bretonneux.


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