An exhausted Tommy rests in a captured German …

An exhausted Tommy rests in a captured German machine-gun nest during the Battle of Amiens, August 9 1918. The infantry followed the tanks, mopping up enemy positions and herding prisoners to the rear. Private William Gillman took part in the assault:

“We went a very good distance, considering we were all on foot: there
was no transport, everything you did was foot slogged. And you went
until you got an order to stop and you might take one or two lines of
Gerry. It all depended on what the resistance was, you see. We were
still belting them: our artillery was still going over, you know and it
was hell, you know. You couldn’t hear yourself speak and shells were
exploding all round you and there was smoke and shouting and hollering
and all this kind of thing, you know. And it was a real good old battle,
really. It got hold of you, sort of. You just knew that you’d got to
get on and you were making advances, instead of sitting on your backside
in the trench, you know, waiting for something to happen. There was a
certain amount of excitement in this that removed fear. We cleared the
lot in front of us. You would get machine-gun posts that could hold you
up for perhaps an hour or two. And you got to hand it to them that they
put up a resistance and a line there that was very, very difficult. And I
think our people realised it. It took all that we’d got and that they
produced to shift it. Which we did, eventually. Because from then on it
was advance. From then on it was always advance.”