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UK News Britain, France, mark centenary of decisive WW1 battle of Amiens

21:05  08 august  2018
21:05  08 august  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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By Jack Hunter. AMIENS , France (Reuters) - Britain and France on Tuesday marked 100 years since the decisive battle of Amiens that put Europe on the path to the end of World War One, in a sober ceremony in the northern French city's Gothic cathedral.

East of Amiens , Picardy, France . Result. Decisive Allied victory[ 1 ][2]. Amiens was one of the first major battles involving armoured warfare and marked the end of trench warfare on the Western Front; fighting becoming mobile once again until the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918.

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Britain and France on Tuesday marked 100 years since the decisive battle of Amiens that put Europe on the path to the end of World War One, in a sober ceremony in the northern French city's Gothic cathedral.

a man wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly leave after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly leave after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens British Prime Minister Theresa May and serving army officers read letters and poetry from those who fought in the often-forgotten battle that took conflict out of the trenches and ushered in an armistice 100 days later.

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Commemorations are taking place in northern France to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens , a critical moment in World War One when French and British troops launched a 100-day offensive against German forces that led to the armistice in November 1918.

The Duke of Cambridge and the prime minister are attending commemorations in northern France later to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens - the beginning of the end of World Image caption Forces from Britain , Australia, Canada, France and the US were involved in the Battle of Amiens .

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and former German President President Joachim Gauck attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cath © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and former German President President Joachim Gauck attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cath "Amiens was symbolic of the Entente Cordiale, the co-operation without which victory was impossible," Prince William said.

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"Today we return to learn more about the experience of those involved during the historic summer of 1918, to honour the fallen of all nations, to commemorate all those who participated in this great endeavour, and to celebrate the bonds of friendship which unite our nations."

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As the centenary of this epic and decisive battle in the history of Europe is commemorated, we look back on the facts. The Battle of Amiens was one of the key conflicts of the First World War . It is also known as the Third Battle of Picardy. Allied troops from Britain , France , Australia and Canada

in France marking the centenary of the First World War Battle of Amiens at Amiens Cathedral the Duke of Cambridge will will lay a wreath and meet The Battle of Amiens , also known as the Third Battle of Picardy, was the opening phase of the Allied offensive which began on 8 August 1918, later

a group of people in uniform: Flag bearers arrive before a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cathedral in Amiens © REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Flag bearers arrive before a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cathedral in Amiens

Descendants of soldiers who fought in the battle took part in the ceremony alongside officials from France, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United States.

May read an extract from the war memoirs of the then-British prime minister, David Lloyd George, which recalled how "the British army itself did not realise the extent and effect of the triumph they had won that day".

a person wearing a suit and tie: Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrives to attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cathedral in Amiens © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrives to attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cathedral in Amiens The decisive battle began at 4.20 a.m. on Aug. 8, 1918, when 900 Allied guns opened fire in a surprise attack on German forces.

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AMIENS , France – Britain 's Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May, joined by ministers and ambassadors from Allied countries and a former German president, marked on Wednesday the centenary of the Battle of Amiens — a short, bloody and decisive confrontation in northern France

Prince William and Theresa May to join Canadian and other families at Amiens cathedral to mark decisive Allied assault. Yet the battle of Amiens in France , the first day of which was said by Gen Erich Ludendorff to have been Germany’s blackest, has faded from public memory, left in the

Allied troops gained eight miles in one day, captured 450 artillery pieces and 12,000 prisoners -- a huge advance in a war until then characterised by miniscule gains and entrenched stalemate.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: French Minsiter of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly greets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May before attending a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens © REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol French Minsiter of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly greets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May before attending a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens

Allied forces suffered 19,000 casualties in the three-day battle, while 27,000 German troops were killed or wounded.

a group of people in uniform: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens © REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens

At the time, German general Erich Ludendorff described the battle as the "black day of the German army".

a group of people standing in front of a building: French soldiers and their dogs stand outside the cathedral after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool French soldiers and their dogs stand outside the cathedral after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens

Around 100,000 Australian, British, Canadian and French troops were committed to the offensive.

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The Duke of Cambridge (R), British Prime Minister Theresa May and former German president Joachim Gauck attend a ceremony to mark the centenary of the Battle of Amiens at the cathedral in Amiens , France .

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Flag bearers stand at attention after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cathedral in Amiens © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Flag bearers stand at attention after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens, at the Cathedral in Amiens

Among them were British brothers Tom and Robert Slater of the Northumberland Fusiliers. Tom survived, but Robert was killed on the second day of the battle.

a group of people wearing costumes: Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly leave after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens © REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly leave after a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens

Attending the ceremony were Tom's grandchildren, Dave Slater and Carolyn Gardner, who had only discovered online 10 years ago that their great-uncle had died at Amiens.

a crowd of people: French Minsiter of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, arrives to attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens © REUTERS/Benoit Tessier French Minsiter of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, arrives to attend a religious ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I (WW1) Battle of Amiens

"It's almost a hundred years since our great-uncle passed away. And for me, it's important to remember the family. It's important to remember the young men who lost their lives, because it is the ultimate sacrifice," said Gardner, 58.

(Editing by Ingrid Melander and Catherine Evans)

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