World War I

During the Great War, Chateau de Bertangles served as headquarters of the British General Staff, for the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and then to the Australian General Staff under the command of General John Monash.

Sir John Monash


It was at the Chateau de Clermont-Tonnerre that the decisive attacks of the Battle of Amiens were conceived, leading to the « Black Day of the German Army » and to victory a few months later.

General Monash's Knighting by King George V

On August 12, 1918, King George V knighted General Monash.

The first time a British monarch had honoured a commander in such a way in 200 years

The ceremony takes place in presence of all the command on the steps of the castle. (Movie here)

August 12, 1918 - German artillery took on the battlefield

 On 24 April 2016, on the eve of ANZAC Day, the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on the occasion of the first visit of an Australian head of state to France, paid a visit to Bertangles to pay tribute to General John Monash.

Visite du Gouverneur Général d'Austalie Peter Cosgrove
Sir Peter Cosgrove – SEM Stephen Brady – Stanislas de Clermont-Tonnerre

He is accompanied by a part of the Australian government a few days before being officially received at the Elysee.

Sir Peter Cosgrove - Cadel Evans - Daniel Keighran - Ross McInnes - Stephen Brady - Dr James Kember - Mark Fraser - David Eliott - George Mina - Alain Gest - Philippe de Mester - Col Anthony Egan - Sir Christopher Clark - Major General David Chalmers - David Fricker - Christian Cambon - Tim Fisher
Sir Peter & Lady CosgroveStephen BradyCadel EvansDaniel KeighranRoss McInnesPascale BoistardDr James KemberMark FraserDavid EliottGeorge MinaAlain Gest Philippe de Mester – Col Anthony Egan – Sir Christopher ClarkMajor General David Chalmers –  David FrickerChristian CambonTim Fisher
Australian MP Andrew Broad's Visit
Australian MP Andrew Broad – August 2016

 

SEM Ambassador Stephen Brady - Stanislas de Clermont-Tonnerre - PM Tony Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott visit – March 2017 (Twitter src)