• The Menin Gate Memorial

    Wednesday 4 April 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    Tens of thousands of British and Empire troops remain ‘missing’ in France and Belgium. Some lie in nameless graves while the remains of others have never been found. The Menin Gate at Ypres records the names of 55,000 of the missing in Belgium and a similar number are recorded elsewhere; there are 35,000 names on the Tyne Cot memorial. The names of Australia’s 6,000 missing in Belgium are engraved on the walls of the Menin Gate.…

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  • Bapaume to Bullecourt: the fighting in France, 1917

    Tuesday 3 April 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Men of 30th Battalion AIF amonst the ruins of Bapaume, the day they entered the town (AWM E00361) At the beginning of 1917 victory seemed nowhere in sight. However for a while, from late February, hopes were lifted. Along the Somme front line and elsewhere, the Germans began to withdraw several kilometres to their newly-developed defensive zone which the British dubbed “the Hindenburg Line”. This apparent retreat …

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  • The battles for Bullecourt

    Tuesday 3 April 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 33 comments

    E00439 Overview Four experienced Australian divisions of I ANZAC Corps were part of the British 5th Army under Sir Hubert Gough. The general wanted to attack at Bullecourt to support an important offensive by the adjoining British 3rd Army to the north and the French Army further to the south. Relatively young, Gough was an energetic commander. However his aggressive spirit coupled with poor planning resulted in heavy …

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