Counter Attack: Villers-Bretonneux
[Australian Army History Series]
Newport, NSW: Big Sky Publishing 16 Mar 2020
Paperback 160pp RRP $19.99
Reviewer: Neville Taylor, November 2020
This is the twenty-seventh publication in this excellent series designed to promote a study and understanding of military history in the Australian Army. There are no aspects that have escaped Edgar as he presents the vital month of April 1918 in Villers-Bretonneux and its environs. While the town has a special relationship with Australia and Victoria in particular, Edgar uses his Introduction to dispel the various myths that have emerged over the last century.
The strategic objectives of the British, French and Australians, the forces and their key personalities are clearly laid out initially. The tactics and weapons of both sides, coupled with vibrant tactical maps using clearly explained military symbols enable even a lay reader to absorb the events as they unfolded. Concentration on presenting the material using high quality pictorial style has made the work extremely ‘user-friendly’.
The Army History Unit is to be congratulated in it continuing to provide this invaluable series, which the RUSI – Vic library are proud to possess all publications that have been released to date.
The RUSI – Vic Library thanks the publisher for making this work available for review.