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"The men were simply turned in there as into some ghastly giant mincing machine"
Charles Bean

The Western Front, a new battlefield

By the time the Australian troops arrived in France in 1916, the Western Front had bogged down into stalemate. It was clear that attacking strongly entrenched enemy positions protected by barbed wire, machine-guns, and artillery would be enormously costly to the attacker. This new battlefield would test the Australians to their limits.

Men of the 10th Light Horse Regiment at a consription referendum polling booth

Conscription, 1916-17

Soldiers make their way through the muddy Somme landscape

Life in the trenches

Watering horses in the Jordan Valley

Sinai-Palestine 1916-17