|Americans & Australians in trenches at Battle of Hamel|
In my war novel, Flower of Iowa, the Battle of Hamel is the first military action for protagonist Tommy Flowers, a naïve young American soldier from Brooklyn, Iowa. Hamel was also the first attack in World War I that included American troops under non-American command.
|Lt. General John Monash|
|General John Pershing|
Pershing subsequently changed his order to include all of the Doughboys in question. But by then, it was too late. On July 4, the remaining Doughboys of the 33rd Division teamed up with the Aussies to successfully attack and retake Hamel. The skirmish began and ended in barely more than 90 minutes, in the kind of clear-cut success that was a rarity in the Great War. But as the novel depicts, in the physical struggles of the soldiers that day and in their psychological after-effects, even being on the winning side of such a battle could be a harrowing experience.