Maps of the Western Front magnet set

Pre-cut magnetic pieces to attach to any metallic surface.

The Western Front in France and Belgium was the decisive theatre of the First World War. It was there that Australia and New Zealand, fighting between 1916 and 1918 in often unspeakable conditions and at a terrible cost, made their greatest contribution to Germany’s defeat.

This souvenir magnet set bears the image of a trench map prepared for the Australian attack at Hamel, on the southern bank of the Somme River near Villers-Bretonneux, and shows the Australian and German trenches, and the final objective. Planned by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, the commander of the Australian Corps, the attack was carried out by a composite Australian division, with some American troops attached, and British tanks. The objective line was taken in just 93 minutes. Hamel became the model for the bigger attacks to come.

 The original map is titled La Neuville edition 1, and was 1:20,000. This smaller scale magnet set is created exclusively for the Australian War Memorial from original trench map # 3DRL/2316.018  in the collection. It measures 11.5 x 17.75 cm, with each magnet being approximately 3 x 3 cm.

 

Maps of the Western Front magnet set
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