Descendants of those who fought in decisive first world war assault gather at city’s cathedral

It was the point at which “aerial, mechanical and human courage and ingenuity combined with devastating results” to turn the tide of the first world war, Prince William told the 3,000 people gathered to commemorate the Battle of Amiens in the city’s Notre-Dame cathedral.

Remembrance of the four-day assault – launched at 4.20am, 100 years ago to the day – may live on in the shadow of the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele, but, as Prince William said, it was this “truly coordinated” allied attack and the “great endeavour” of 100,000 British, French, Canadian, Australian and US troops that broke the will of the German army and acted as a springboard for victory.

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