The battle at Hamel, though not particularly well known, was more sophisticated tactically than either the Somme or Passchendaele. Whereas they were attritional battles, predictable and bloody, at Hamel machines went a long way towards relieving the infantry of the obligation to fight its way forward. As an outstanding demonstration of how four independent arms could be co-ordinated on the battlefield, Hamel served as the blueprint for the bigger battle to come.
Dr Pedersen was born in England but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia, the Australian Command and Staff College and the University of New South Wales. After commanding a rifle company in Malaysia, Dr Pedersen was seconded to the Australian Prime Minister's Department as a political/strategic analyst in 1987-88. He is the author of Monash as Military Commander, and Images of Gallipoli, an illustrated account of the Gallipoli Campaign. He has also contributed to many other books and writes regularly on military history and battlefields for British and American journals. Not confining himself to the pen, he has appeared in military history programmes on Australian television and radio and lectured in the US, Australia and Europe.