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The battle of Epéhy was a short battle fought in preparation for the great Allied attack on the Hindenburg line. At the end of the battle of Amiens, the British had reached that line on the northern half of the line, but had fallen short to the south.
The attack was launched by the Fourth Army and one corps from the Third Army, on a seventeen mile front around Epéhy. The Germans were forced back three miles, losing 12,000 prisoners and 100 guns in the process. Once again the Australians played a major role in the fighting.
The battle achieved its main objective, putting the Fourth Army in place in preparation for the upcoming attack on the Hindenburg Line. German resistance was more determined than at Amiens, but not as stiff as it had been earlier in the war.
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