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  Fromelles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The battle of Fromelles was fought on the 19th of July 1916.
Fromelles was the first major battle on the western front for the AIF (Australian Imperial Force).
The Battle of Fromelles was planned in part to stop the Germans from reinforcing their lines in the Somme area.
www.macknortshs.qld.edu.au /ANZAC/fromelles.htm   (368 words)

 battle of the somme
One purpose of the battle was to draw German forces away from the battle of Verdun; however, by its end the losses on the Somme had exceeded those at Verdun.
As horrific as the battle of the Somme is in British memory, it also had a staggering impact on the German army; one officer famously described it as "the muddy grave of the German field army".
The attack, known as the battle of Bazentin Ridge, was aimed at capturing the German second defensive position which ran along the crest of the ridge from Pozières, on the Albert–Bapaume road, southeast towards the villages of Guillemont and Ginchy.
www.worldwar1-history.com /Battle-of-the-Somme.aspx   (5527 words)

 CIAOPS World Guides - WWI Australian Battlefields
Into the battle was thrust the Australian 5th Division under the command of the Australian Major-General J. McKay along with the British 61st.
With the leading strong position neutralized the task of moving through the village was given to the 8th Battalion of the 2nd Brigade on 24 July,1916.
After 3 days of battle, on the 27th of July, the 1st Division lost 5,285 officers and men and was replaced by the Australian 2nd Division, commanded by Major General Legge.
www.ciaops.com /guides/battle/page1.htm   (2633 words)

 The Battle of Fromelles
In 1916, the village of Fromelles south of Armentières, lay behind the German lines and close to the front itself.
This modest objective was enlarged into a broader plan to mount an infantry attack on the Sugar Loaf salient, advance to Fromelles and capture the heights of the Aubers Ridge.
The Australian dead of Fromelles are recalled at a cemetery located in the middle of the old battlefield VC Corner Australian Cemetery.
www.ambafrance-au.org /article.php3?id_article=533   (600 words)

 Battle of Thiepval Ridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albert Bazentin Fromelles Pozières Mouquet Farm Guillemont Ginchy Flers-Courcelette Morval
The Battle of Thiepval Ridge was the first large offensive mounted by the British Reserve Army of Lieutenant General Hubert Gough during the Battle of the Somme.
Beginning on 26 September, the battle saw the capture of the German fortress of Thiepval which had been an objective on 1 July 1916, the first day on the Somme, and had repeatedly defied British attempts to capture it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Thiepval_Ridge   (246 words)

 Australian Military Units
Fromelles was the first major battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front.
Directed against a strong German position known as the Sugar Loaf salient, the attack was intended primarily as a feint to draw German troops away from the Somme offensive then being pursued further to the south.
Small parts of the German trenches were captured by the 8th and 14th Australian Brigades, but, devoid of flanking support and subjected to fierce counter-attacks, they were forced to withdraw.
www.awm.gov.au /units/event_159.asp   (201 words)

 Fromelles: a deadly feint in the 1916 Somme Campaign
The old no man's land of the Fromelles Battlefield, as it appeared on 11 November 1918, over two years after the action in which the troops of the 5th Australian Division and the 61st British Divisions suffered heavily, being forced to evacuate the positions several hours after their capture.
Jentsch was killed in action (KIA) on 19 July 1916 during the battle at Fromelles, France.
The Park and the nearby VC Corner Cemetery, some 3 Kms from Fromelles, in northern France, are 8 Kms south of Armentieres, and 16 Kms west of Lille.
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-battles/ww1/france/fromelles.htm   (1186 words)

 The Battles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Battle at Fromelles, part of the British attack on The Somme, was an unmitigated disaster for Australia.
The battle of Messines was a prelude to the 3rd battle of Ypres, a bid to capture higher ground before the main offensive.It involved the new Australian 3rd Division, under the meticulous General Monash, as well as the 4th.
This battle, often referred to as Passchendaele, pitted immense British and Empire firepower against a heavily-fortified German positions in a series of advances in September and October 1917.
www.ausmil.com /users/anzacs/_the_battles.htm   (3179 words)

 Australian Military Units
The attack was a disastrous introduction to battle for the 32nd - it suffered 718 casualties, almost 75 per cent of the battalion's total strength, but closer to 90 per cent of its actual fighting strength.
The battalion subsequently missed the heavy fighting to breach the Hindenburg Line during the second battle of Bullecourt as the 8th Brigade was deployed to protect the division's flank.
The only large battle in 1917 in which the 32nd Battalion played a major role was Polygon Wood, fought in the Ypres sector in Belgium on 26 September.
www.awm.gov.au /units/unit_11219.asp   (460 words)

  Page 16 Extracts from War Books
Battalion encamped on a desolate bleak flat near the battered hamlet of Linguy-Thilloy, on the outskirts of Bapaume.
He had charge of the battle line of the battalion, and, in a most able manner, supervised the consolidation of the position.
He was never in any battles but he was always in danger in the areas where his ships were on patrol and our family is very proud of his long service for his country.
www.angelofoz.com /mardi/lwf16/index.htm   (2315 words)

 Battlefield Guide: Armentières to Loos
I have always found this sad, as some of the most important battles of the early period of the war were fought here, and it is an area that has one of the highest concentration of military cemeteries.
The square where you are parked was one of the main routes through the town, and all troops in this sector knew it as "Eleven o’clock square" as the original of the clock tower was struck by a shell in 1914 and thereafter the hands stuck on eleven o’clock.
You are on the crest of the so-called Aubers Ridge, which despite the battles of 1915 was not reached by British troops until October 1918.
battlefields1418.50megs.com /f2guide.htm   (5820 words)

 Remembrance Day
In 1916, Australians were at the main battle front of the war.
Fromelles was followed by six weeks of fighting 'in the murderous ordeal that was Pozières'.
The Somme was followed by battles at Bullecourt and Messines, followed by the battle of the Third Ypres in which all five Australian divisions and the New Zealand Division fought, where another 76,000 men were killed or wounded.
www.acn.net.au /articles/remembrance/index.htm   (1754 words)

 On this day - 19 July
The newly arrived 5 Division and the 61 UK Division were ordered into an ill-conceived and hastily prepared attack on German positions at Fromelles, mainly to attract German attention away from the struggle further to the south on the Somme River.
The attack was unsuccessful as the UK troops did not achieve any of their objectives.
The division was followed by 2 and 4 Divisions, all of whom became embroiled in the battles for Pozieres and Mouquet Farm.
www.defence.gov.au /Army/AHU/On_This_Day/July/19_July.htm   (341 words)

 Bloodiest battlefield casualties of War - First World War in the News
Battle of the Somme the most frightful battle of World War I
The Battle of the Somme was the largest military action undertaken in British history, a 5-month clash that would claim 420,000 British casualties including 170,000 deaths.
Just 30 minutes later the battle was over, the Regiment had been wiped out and with it a generation of young Newfoundland men.
firstworldwar.cloudworth.com /battlefield-casualties.php   (1154 words)

 Battle of Fromelles
In support of the massive allied offensive on the Somme River, the British staff had decided that a strong feint attack would be made at Fromelles, some 50 miles north of the river.
This attack was expected to deter the Germans from rushing troops from that region to the area of the main allied thrust on the Somme.
The attack towards Fromelles was preceded by a seven-hour artillery barrage, which began at 11 am on 19th July.
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 Great War Forum > Fromelles/Fleurbaix
Jul 20 2004, 07:12 PM I haven't been to Fromelles for a couple of years now, but remember that the action was refered to as The Attack on Fromelles on the placque at the Memorial.
Although it was the first actual Battle of the AIF in Europe, and the casualties were almost numbing, the sheer losses of Poziers and Mouquet Farm were soon to wipe out most previous opinions of the horrors of war.
Batl., fell on 19/7/16 in the neighbourhood of Fromelles".
1914-1918.invisionzone.com /forums/lofiversion/index.php/t16968.html   (5802 words)

 VC Corner Cemetery
Fromelles is a village 16 kilometres west of Lille and VC Corner Australian Cemetery is 2 kilometres north-west of Fromelles on the road to Sailly.
It contains the graves of over 400 Australian soldiers who died in the Attack at Fromelles and whose bodies were found on the battlefield, but not a single body could be identified.
It was therefore decided not to mark the individual graves, but to record on a screen wall the names of all the Australian soldiers who were killed in the engagement and whose graves were not known.
www.webmatters.net /cwgc/vc_corner.htm   (298 words)

 Speech - The Hon Bruce Billson MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence
Their aim, along with the British 61st Division, was to attack and capture German lines and hopefully divert enemy forces from the Battle of the Somme raging away to the south.
I want to thank particularly the members of the ASBF (Association pour le Souvenir de la Bataille de Fromelles) whose dedication and enthusiasm has produced the wonderful trench museum in the village of Fromelles.
It is my wish that an ever increasing number of Australians will come to Fromelles to understand what happened to their countrymen here, not just at the battle itself, but during those many occasions when the AIF was stationed in the trenches of this area.
minister.dva.gov.au /speeches/2006/07_Jul/battle_Somme.htm   (888 words)

 Brigadier General Harold Pope
On 19 July 1916, the brigade was engaged in the Battle of Fromelles, a battle botched by the high command, in which the 5th Division lost 5,533 men on one night.
Pope returned to Australia with his substantive rank of lieutenant colonel, where his appointment to the AIF was terminated on 1 October 1916.
Then during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, Pope was caught in a sudden barrage of heavy shells and his right thigh was broken.
www.unsw.adfa.edu.au /~rmallett/Generals/pope.html   (1103 words)

 Battlefield Tours
The first big battle was in Fromelles on 19th July 1916.
In 1917, Australians where involved in other battles at Bullecourt, Messines Ridge (the first victory in the Ypres Salient) and in the four-month long campaign around Ypres, known as the battle of Passchendaele.
Visit of the town of Ypres, the museum In Flanders Fields museum, the ramparts with the cellars under the city walls (used as dressing station during the battle of Passendaele), and the ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin gate in Ypres.
www.parisprovence.com.au /battlefieldtour.htm   (1019 words)

 Hendersons at War
He is buried in VC Corner Cemetery Fromelles, France and is commemorated on panel twenty.
Leslie is buried with his brother in VC Corner Cemetery, Fromelles, France and is also commemorated on panel twenty.
They probably were side by side at the time they were killed, as brothers in the same battle would try to be, particularly as this seems to be the reason they both transferred to the 60th Battalion.
members.tripod.com /franklee_1/id16.htm   (1571 words)

 Orient Expat > The Battle of Long Tan
The service also marked the 40th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, Australia's bloodiest confrontation in the decade-long war, in which 18 diggers were killed and 24 wounded.
The battle of Long Tan was fought in a rubber plantation south-east of Saigon by 108 Australian soldiers who were outnumbered 25 to one by Viet Cong troops.
The battle, in torrential rain, left 18 Australians dead and 24 wounded.
www.orientexpat.com /forum/lofiversion/index.php?t9177.html   (669 words)

 Fromelles 19 July 1916 - Great War Forum
Nine men from the village were killed in the July 1916 attack on Fromelles.
I did lot of work on Fromelles a few years ago, but all my stuff is buried under more recent projects.
I have a great interest in that battle and was at the battlefield last month.
1914-1918.invisionzone.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=43690   (1481 words)

 1862165 Sapper Henry Parry, Royal Engineers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The battalion suffered 25 percent casualties during this battle and Private Jacob Rivers won the Victoria Cross in the battle for bombing a party of enemy who had massed on the flanks of his company [8].
Infantry Brigade during this battle and was ordered to move along the southern edge of the wood (Bois d’Aquenne) and then to turn northward into it.
At this stage of the battle the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel R.F. Moore, M.C., was wounded.
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John Laffin, who was known to be an authority on battlefield guiding, to determine if he would like to be involved as a guide for Colonel O’Brien and the film crew and also, if he was suitable to be an “on screen’ presenter for elements of the film.
Mr Laffin was briefed that the documentary would concentrate on the Battle of Hamel and that he should approach the Mayor of the village to seek approval from local landowners to film on their land.
He further suggested that the long neglected Battle of Fromelles — Australia’s first in France in July 1916 — be linked to the project.
www.chez.com /hamel1418/awmphist.htm   (845 words)

 9: A Born Soldier
For the next few days the battle wore on as the Germans tried to retake what little they had failed to reclaim, and the British died for what little they had taken.
In the preliminary bombardment that opened the battle in late June, the British and French fired over 40,000 shells ever hour in hopes of pulverizing the Germans and their defenses.* As the shells came raining down on the German positions, the land itself seemed to burst open and flash.
On July l9, the Battle of Fromelles intensified and the area became a howling waste.
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The official British communique referred to the battle as some important raids which had resulted in the capture of about 140 German prisoners.
One contended that fierce fighting for eight hours under terrific gunfire might be considered a battle.
Wartime censorship was an influential instrument in the clampdown.
www.strategypage.com /militaryforums/512-30367.aspx   (938 words)

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