A while back, actually a long while back, I promised to enlighten you about a couple of inspiring things that I saw in London in 2006 during my visits to view the IWM's Lawrence of Arabia, the Life, the Legend exhibition and to negotiate our UK loans. So after a long delay and absolutely no requests to read the second part of my story, here it is.

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Friday 13 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments.
To Flanders Fields, 1917 Commemoration

Pilgrimage to Passchendaele: a killing field haunted by family memories, Telegraph (UK), 30 July 2007

Diggers remembered in Passchendaele ceremonies, ABC News (Australia), 13 July 2007 (includes online audio feature)

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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

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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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Monday 25 June 2007 by Janda Gooding. No comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition

In early 2007 the Australian War Memorial appointed Charles Green and Lyndell Brown as official artists to Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles and Lyndell are based in Melbourne and work collaboratively on the same paintings.  Their experiences as official artists travelling with the Australian Defence Forces bear some similarity to those of George Lambert ninety years ago - having to work quickly and pack up at a moment's notice when the Forces need to move. They will be in Canberra to talk at the symposium this Friday 29 June about their time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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