• 1917: a momentous year

    Tuesday 25 September 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Lloyd George Russian Revolution Zimmermann Telegram USA enters the war Battle of Caporetto Tanks on the Western Front Battle of Beersheba The U-Boat war in the Atlantic When contemplating any event, even large ones such as the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) or the campaign on the Western Front, it is …

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  • Exhibition Catalogue now available

    Wednesday 29 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    A catalogue of the To Flanders Fields, 1917 exhibition is now available.  It's 44-pages, is illustrated and sells for AUD $7.95.  It can be purchased at the Memorial's shop or online. Exhibition catalogue Read on

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  • 56th Battalion at Polygon Wood: a unit and a family's sad loss

    Tuesday 14 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 21 comments

    Infantry attack in Polygon Wood by Fred Leist ART02927 The Third Battle of Ypres (a.k.a the Battle of Passchendaele) that began on 31 July 1917 was a series of pushes from the Ypres Salient eastwards to the village of Passchendaele atop the final ridge. The Australian infantry first became involved on 20 September in the Battle of Menin Road, spearheaded by the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions in the centre, with five …

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  • Latest media articles

    Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    10 August - Year of bloodshed best not forgotten, The Sydney Morning Herald 10 August - Exhibition evokes cruel days of 1917, The Canberra Times 11 August - Miners of Messines, The Australian Read on

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  • Exhibition launch

    Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Last night the Australian War Memorial's latest special exhibition, To Flanders Fields, 1917 was officially launched.  A large gathering of invited guests saw the Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross AO MBE (Ret'd), give the opening address and introduce the guest speakers. The Ambassador for Belgium, His Excellency Mr Frank Carruet gave a sincere and heart-felt speech, followed by …

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  • Reminder - Exhibition opens tomorrow !

    Thursday 9 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Just a reminder that this exhibition will open here at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra tomorrow - Friday 10 August. Admission to the Memorial and this exhibition is free. Hope you can come and see it. Check our web page 'Planning your visit' Also check out online, an excerpt (nearly 3 mins) from the exhibition's 15 minute film /blog.awm.gov.au/awm/2007/08/06/exhibition-film-preview/ Read on

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  • Exhibition Film - Preview

    Monday 6 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    The exhibition will feature a 15 minute film, based on the photographic and film work of Captain Frank Hurley, Official War Photographer during the Ypres-Passchendaele Offensive. This is a short excerpt from that film (2 mins 43 secs). [MEDIA=1] Title: To Flanders Fields, 1917: through the eyes of Frank Hurley Produced by: the Australian War Memorial Producer: Ray McJannett Sound sound effects: Lenny Preston Original music: Antoni …

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  • The Drivers

    Friday 3 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 4 comments

    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. Going into action by H. Septimus Power ART03329 From the August fighting [at Ypres in 1917], the Australian infantry was so fortunate as to be spared, but the detached artillery bore its share. That of the 2nd Division, whose …

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  • Rain and Mud: the Ypres - Passchendaele Offensive

    Wednesday 1 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    Swamp around Zonnebeke, Oct 1917 (E01200) E01200 When considering the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, what immediately springs to mind is a desolate, shattered landscape of mud.  So when looking through the photographs of this battle here on the blog, and in the exhibition, it may be puzzling that some depict this morass with men and horses up to their waists in mud, yet many others show a rather dry and dusty …

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  • Commemoration - Latest news articles

    Friday 13 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    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) Last Post sounds again at Passchendaele, but no old comrades are there to hear it.  The Times, 12 July 2007. Hell on Earth: The never before seen colour photographs of the bloody battle of Passchendaele, The Daily Mail, 12 …

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