• Passchendaele: an almost universal experience

    Saturday 6 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Australian troops with German prisoners E00754 Along with the intensity of the fighting, the horrendous conditions and the heavy losses of Passchendaele, there is another reason why this campaign universally symbolises such great loss, tragedy and futility above others of the First World War.  This is simply because such a high percentage of men experienced it.  During the three and a half months it lasted, just over …

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  • Five diggers laid to rest today

    Thursday 4 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    The remains of five AIF soldiers will be laid to rest today with full military honours in the Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood, Belgium.  The remains were discovered by chance in September 2006 during roadwork and pipe-laying excavations near the small village of Westhoek.  This is situated in the middle of the dreaded Ypres-Passchendaele Salient where up to half a million casualties on both sides fell, of which tens of …

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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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  • 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras

    Tuesday 26 June 2007 by Peter Burness. 3 comments

    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 …

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  • Roll of Honour

    Thursday 12 April 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Roll of Honour bronze panel at the Australian War Memorial Tens of thousands of British and Empire troops remain ‘missing’ in France and Belgium. The bodies of many of them were located after the war and placed in war cemeteries where they lie in nameless graves. The remains of others have never been found. The Menin Gate at Ypres records the names of 55,000 of those killed in Belgium who have no known grave and a …

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  • 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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  • 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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