Martin sat on the steps of the chateau and stared off into the distance across the peaceful plains of northern France. Harry sat beside and handed an envelope across.
"Thanks mate," Martin said.
"What're thinking of?" Harry asked.
"We nearly lost this battle because of a breakdown in communications. It was almost a catastrophe and too many men died."
"I was glad that was you and not me."
"We'll win this war in less than a hundred days."
"It makes you wonder." Martin had thought about their recent progress many times over the past weeks. "John Monash has achieved so much these past few months, and I wonder if the British had done things differently, we wouldn't have suffered as many casualties. Then I think we wouldn't have won so easily if Haig hadn't worn down the numbers of German soldiers over the years."
"He attempted to win the war with battles of attrition, thinking the Allies had more men then the Germans. Only he lost so many men that he nearly lost the war."
"That's right," Martin agreed. "When Haig eventually tried new strategies like at Cambrai with tanks and a surprise bombardment, he didn't plan the battle in enough detail, and then he made a last-minute change which resulted in tragedy; two things that John Monash would never do."
"That was idiotic."
"Passchendaele and Cambrai followed by the defeats in March seem to have been the last straw, and the British allowed Foch to command Haig."
"Yes they did." Martin opened the letter from Simone and read it. He put it down. "Simone's closed the cafe and has gone to stay with her parents. She's also reading about how the Australians are saving France."
"What are you going to do together?"
"I like the cafe and I would like to do something like that. They rented that cafe, but I have money invested in Australia and I could put a substantial deposit on that cafe or one similar. With my capital and Simone's expertise it'll work out for us."
"I'm sure it will."
"What are you doing mate?"
"I'm twenty-six tomorrow, and soon I'll be home and marrying my fiancee."
"Happy birthday for tomorrow."
"Thanks mate. The rumour's they're negotiating an armistice."
Title: One Hundred Days
Author: Mark Morey
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1917, the mud of Flanders soaked up the blood of a quarter of a million men. If the war continued like that, the Allies would lose. One battle turned that around and was the beginning of a hundred days of advances to victory. This is a story about how that was done.
Two Australian soldiers experience the last two years of the Great War. Martin Ward is a lieutenant working alongside Major-General John Monash, and he sees the transition from slaughter at Passchendaele to breaching the Hindenburg Line. Alec Morey is a gunner severely injured in Flanders, and he returns to Australia to watch on in amazement as the Australian Imperial Force plays the major role in victory.
This is a fictional account of a story not well known; using real events, fictional characters and real-life characters to tell the tale of how the Great War was won.
I am part-time in the workforce and a part-time author, and writing technical documentation and advertising material formed a large part of my career for many decades. Writing a novel didn’t cross my mind until relatively recently, where the combination of too many years writing dry, technical documents and a visit to the local library where I couldn’t find a book that interested me led me consider a new pastime. Write a book. That book may never be published, but I felt my follow-up cross-cultural crime with romance hybrid set in Russia had more potential. So much so that I wrote a sequel that took those characters on a journey to a very dark place.
Once those books were published by Club Lighthouse and garnered good reviews I wrote in a very different place and time. My two novels set in Victorian Britain were published by Wings ePress in July and August of 2014. These have been followed by my story set against the background of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. Australia’s contribution to the battles on the Western Front and to ultimate victory was well out of proportion to the size of the nation and the size of their force. Once you read this story you will appreciate the great things that our nation achieved.
Mark Morey: http://markmorey.blogspot.com.au/
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