|Object type||Black & white - Glass original half plate negative|
|Date made||11 November 1918|
Fromelles, France. 11 November 1918. The old no man's land of the Fromelles Battlefield, as it appeared on 11 November 1918, over two years after the action in which the troops of the 5th Australian Division and the 61st British Divisions suffered heavily, being forced to evacuate the positions several hours after their capture. The engagement took place on 19 July 1916 and was made in order to divert German attention from the Somme at the time when the Battle of the Somme was proceeding. The remains of the River des Layes line of trenches, and old German pill boxes which formed part of the defences in the Sugar Loaf Salient, can be seen in the right of the picture, though thickly overgrown with grass.