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  • Commemorating 100 years since the final WWI allies Advance to Victory
     

  • Remembering the battles at Le Hamel, Amiens, Mont St Quentin and Montebrehain
     

  • .925 Silver proof coin with 24 carat gold accenting
     

  • Worldwide Mintage of 199 – excusive to The Bradford Mint​

Advance to Victory

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The Great War, the largest, most brutal to date, began late July 1914 and ended November 1918. Casualties were estimated at over nine million combatants and nearly as many civilians. Defeat of the German/Austria-Hungarian alliance seemed impossible. But by July-October 1918 the cracks began to show, largely thanks to the Allied successive — and successful — battles at Le Hamel, Amiens, Mont St Quentin and Montebrehain.
 

At strategically vital Le Hamel, the allies introduced new techniques like parachute drops of supplies, tank transport of materiel, more effective communications and better coordination of infantry, artillery and tanks. Two Australians won Victoria Crosses in this bloody engagement. The Battle of Amiens, one of the first to implement armoured combat, was a major turning point in the war — with Australians, Canadians and later, the French, succeeding in a surprise attack against well-entrenched German forces whose commanders had good reason to call it a "black day". 
 

Mont St Quentin, overlooking the Somme line, still held by the Germans, was the next victory, celebrated by the famous monument of an Aussie soldier bayoneting a huge eagle symbolising Germany - in WWII, German soldiers, not surprisingly, destroyed it. A further victory at the hard-fought Battle of Montebrehain cost 430 Australian casualties among countless others; the last of our WWI Victoria Crosses was won here. Much remained to be done but the end was finally in sight.
 

This commemorative .925 Silver proof coin is exquisitely crafted to the highest numismatic standards; it includes a 24K gold inlay emblem for the 100th anniversary year, artillery men in action and an image of the now destroyed WWI monument of an Aussie soldier bayoneting the German eagle. The obverse features the current portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

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