The following extract is from C. E. W. Bean’s Official History, Volume IV, pp 729-730. It highlights an often overlooked branch of the AIF during their most gruelling trial at Ypres during 1917.
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.
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)
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.
Thursday 12 July 2007 by Janda Gooding.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition
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.
Monday 2 July 2007 by Ilaria Poli.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition, Conservation
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