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What is Exercise Hamel?

What is Exercise Hamel?
Exercise Hamel, which takes its name from a battle fought in France in July 1918, has been designed to develop, confirm, and evaluate the foundation war fighting skills of the Army's combat forces in a combined and joint setting. It occurs in even years with the other major annual exercise, Talisman Sabre (Hamel) (TS-H) taking place in odd numbered years.

Exercise Hamel is a major Army exercise that is designed to evaluate the war fighting skills of a Brigade. As each of the Army's combat brigades goes through the force generation cycle of 'readying - ready - reset', major exercises - such as Exercise Hamel - allow commanders to ensure their formations and units are battle ready and for headquarters to exercise their processes and procedures. The exercises are also the perfect activity to allow Australian forces to interact with allied forces that may participate.

The exercise will take place in the larger training areas of Cultana in South Australia and Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland with other training areas providing locations for associated components of the exercises such as Mount Bundy in the Northern Territory or High Range Training Area in North Queensland and airspace and maritime zones adjacent such that all elements of the ADF can conduct their training.


About the Battle of Hamel 
The Battle of Hamel (or The Battle of Le Hamel, 4 July 1918) was a successful attack launched by the Australian Imperial Force and several American units against German positions in and around the town of Hamel in Northern France. The battle was commanded by Lieutenant General John Monash who employed the new tactics of combined arms tactics to successfully complete the battle in 93 minutes (previous battles using conventional tactics lasted for weeks or months with high casualty rates). The battle of Hamel paved the way for the allied victory in the First World War. 

Last updated
15 December 2017
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