Friday 13 July 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Maps & Aerial Photos

The Memorial holds some very interesting three-dimensional relief maps made in 1919 by the Australian War Records Section (the parent organisation of the Australian War Memorial). They were made in London by men who were still in England, waiting to be repatriated home.

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Thursday 12 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Frontline troops

Victoria CrossVictoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest British and Commonwealth award for acts of bravery in wartime. In the First World War 64 Australians were awarded this medal. During the battles of 1917 on the Western Front eighteen Australians won the Victoria Cross.

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Wednesday 27 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Ypres

For much of its history Flanders has been a strategically important area during the centuries of conflict in Europe.  Ypres, as a major town of the region and a wealthy economic centre, has often been a focal point of the fighting there.  Flanders’ location has also put it at the crossroads between long-time rivals England and France, and later as part of the Netherlands territories of other great powers, such as Spain and Austria.  Accordingly, this ‘fatal avenue’ (as Charles de Gaulle named it), has so frequently been cursed by the scourge of war that it surely ranks among those regions o

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Tuesday 26 June 2007 by Peter Burness. 3 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Battles, Commemoration

While 11 April 1917 saw the launch of the first action at Bullecourt, on 9 April the larger Arras Offensive commenced.  The Arras Offensive of 1917 is often referred to as the Battle of Arras and is a significant battle honour more identified with the British Army.  This offensive does however also incorporate the smaller ‘battles’ and 'actions' of the Scarpe, of Vimy Ridge which the Canadians commemorate, and Bullecourt which Australians identify with.   (See post on battle honours – Bullecourt)

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Thursday 21 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. No comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Bullecourt

While reading about the Australians at Bullecourt in 1917, it struck me as odd that there is only one official battle honour for what seemed to be two distinctly separate battles, albeit in the same location. Furthermore, the official battle honour only refers to the second battle that occurred in May, and seemingly ignores the first battle that took place on 11 April. To satisfy my curiosity, I looked in to the matter further, with assistance from colleagues at the Australian War Memorial and from the Australian Army History Unit.

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Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Anne-Marie Conde. No comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Research material, War records

It is not enough to expect the evidence of the past to be preserved as a matter of chance or accident. Someone has to care.

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Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. No comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Research material, War records

Australia's records: preserved as sacred things - pictures relics and writings.

By C. E. W. Bean, The Anzac Bulletin, Vol 40, 10 October 1917.

British Headquarters, France,
September 29 [1917].
By C. E. W. BEAN.

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Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Anne-Marie Conde. 9 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Research material, War records

Ninety years ago, in May 1917, the Australian War Records Section (AWRS) was formed in London. It is from this date that we trace the formal origins of the Australian War Memorial. Over the next two years the AWRS acquired approximately 25,000 objects, as well as paper records, photographs, film, publications, and works of art. All were brought back to Australia in 1919 and formed the basis of the collection of what would eventually become the Australian War Memorial.

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Friday 25 May 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 18 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Messines - Mines

Tunnellers – Hill 60

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