The First Battle of Dernancourt was fought on 28 March 1918 near
Dernancourt in northern France during World War I. Two Australian
divisions had been sent south from Belgium to help stem the tide of the
German Spring Offensive towards Amiens and, with the British
35th Division, they held a line west and north of the Ancre river and
the area between the Ancre and Somme. The German 2nd Army concentrated
its assault between Albert and Dernancourt, attacking off the line of
march after a short artillery preparation. The dawn attack was under the
cover of fog, but other than one small penetration in the early morning
that was quickly repelled, the Germans failed to break through the
Allied defences. An Australian sergeant, Stanley McDougall (pictured),
was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in defeating the German
penetration. A week later the Germans renewed their attempts to advance
in the sector, culminating in the Second Battle of Dernancourt when the
Germans were again defeated.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Dernancourt>
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