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Battle of Fromelles French Flanders - Australia's Worst Battle WW1

Battle of Fromelles Battleground Series - Australia's Worst Battle WW1

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Fromelles French Flanders' by Dr Peter Pedersen.- new book

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This military book is part of the BATTLEGROUND series titled,' Fromelles French Flanders' by Dr Peter Pedersen. The Author, Peter Pedersen is an Australian historian, who spent much of his working life at the Australian War Memorial so most of the book is devoted to the Australian experience at Fromelles by enlarge on that one night 19th to the 20th July 1916.
The Australian Battalions which took part in the Battle were the 29th 30th 31st 32nd Battalions 8th brigade, 53rd 54th 55th 56th Battalions 14th Brigade, 57th 58th 59th 60th Battalions 15th Brigade AIF.

On 19 July 1916, near the northern French Flanders village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst-ever military defeat when a British officer ordered 15,000 of our best and bravest to go over the top and attack the German lines. Eight hours later, more than 5500 Diggers lay dead or wounded (1,917 were killed) the equivalent of all Australian casualties from the Boer, Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. In addition, some 400 of our boys were taken prisoner.

Running messages and dodging bullets behind German lines was a 27-year-old Austrian
corporal named Adolf Hitler. The battle left its mark on him: Fromelles was the first place he returned to in 1940 when the German Army marched back into France. Fromelles ranks as Australia's worst military disaster, yet it barely rates a mention in our history books. Why did our generals collude with the British government to cover up the catastrophe? In the last twenty years, the Battle of Fromelles has received prominence due to the efforts of a Melbourne schoolteacher Lambis Engelzos, the author Robin Corfield, a French mayor and a cast of amateur sleuths who initiated the successful search for the missing buried diggers. Due to this activity, a number of books have been published on Battle also locating and id of the buried men.

The detailed text is supported by maps, before and after photos, tour walks for visitors to the Battlefield.

Lest We Forget the 19th July Men...

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