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The Spring Offensive

Series charting how the Allies won WWI. This episode examines the lead up to the 'combined arms' coordination of artillery, tanks, aircraft and infantry.

We meet the commanders and men in early 1918, at the moment of maximum jeopardy. The Germans have launched a mighty 'shock and awe' attack, advancing more than 60 kilometres in only three days. Standing in their path are British, Australian, Canadian and French forces, while the Americans are still arriving to join the fight.

The onslaught triggers a leadership crisis: Field Marshal Haig and Marshal Foch ask Australia's General Monash and Canada's General Currie to perfect a new way of waging war - one that will deliver ultimate victory. Monash and Currie conclude that the only way to victory is to effectively achieve the 'combined arms' coordination of artillery, tanks, aircraft and infantry - on a massive scale. It is the birth of modern warfare. By August, they are ready for what will become a major turning point in the war: the Battle of Amiens.

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Wed 7 Nov 2018 02:05

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Credits

Role Contributor
Field Marshal Douglas Haig Malcolm Taylor
General Arthur Currie Bruce Turner
Marshal Ferdinand Foch Denis Lamonde
General John Monash Ben Mortley
Narrator Jamie Lee
Director of photography Marcus Elliot
Director of photography Torstein Dyrting
Camera Operator Andrew Curr
Sound Recordist Adrian Tucker
Sound Recordist Laurie Chlanda
Associate Producer Aidan Denison
Production Coordinator Kate Dunn
Production Manager Matt Watier
Production Manager Ella Wright
Composer Greg Johnston
On-line editing Terry Taplin
Colourist Caitlan O'Connor
Sound Mixer Ric Curtin
Producer Ingrid Longley
Producer Tara Elwood
Executive Producer David Harron
Executive Producer Andrew Ogilvie
Executive Producer Julie Bristow
Executive Producer Andrea Quesnelle
Executive Producer Phil Craig
Executive Producer Marlo Miazga
Director Tim Wolochatiuk
Writer Greg Beer
Director Don Featherstone
Writer Don Featherstone
Production Company Electric Pictures
Production Company Bristow Global Media

Broadcasts

  • Tue 23 Oct 2018 21:00
  • Thu 25 Oct 2018 20:00
  • Wed 7 Nov 2018 00:05
  • Wed 7 Nov 2018 02:05

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