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General Gough, commander of the Reserve Army, was keen that the Australians attack Pozières on their immediate arrival in the battle zone. Major General Walker pointed out the need for at least minimal preparation and convinced Reserve Army staff of the need to attack from the south-east in co-ordination with the British II Corps advance on the flanking German line. Artillery preparation began on 19 July. The assault on Pozières, which displayed good co-ordination between the artillery and infantry, was delivered at the same time as major attacks on the left of the Fourth Army.

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