Britain and France marked the centenary of the decisive battle at Amiens during the First World War which helped push Europe towards the end of the brutal war. Both nations marked the occasion in a sober ceremony held in the Gothic cathedral of Amiens, the French city.
In attendance was Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Britain, along with serving army officers. They read poetry and letters written by those who had fought during the battle which helped in bringing about the armistice just 100 days letter. Prince William of Britain was also in attendance. He stated that Amiens was a symbol of Entente Cordiale, the cooperation between Britain and France which brought about the victory.
The descendants, of the soldiers who had taken part in the battle, also attended the ceremony along with various officials from Canada, Australia, Ireland, the United States and France.
Prime Minister May read out an extract from the memoirs of David Lloyd George who was the British Prime Minister during that time. In one of the extracts, may highlighted how David Lloyd George spoke about how the British Army didn’t realize the full extent and the effect of the victory that they had claimed on that fateful day.
The Battle of Amiens took place on 8th August 1918. It started at 4.20 am when 900 Allied guns fired upon German forces on a surprise attack. Allied soldiers managed to gain 8 miles that day, capturing 450 artillery pieces along with 12,000 prisoners. That was a massive advance in the war, which had till then been characterized by minor gains and entrenched stalemates.
The battle took place over 3 days in total, with the Allies suffering 19,000 causalities. On the other hand, 27,000 German soldiers were wounded or killed. Erich Ludendorff, a German general at that time, had described this battle as the black day for the Germany army.