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ANZACS on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial by Peter Pedersen, Chris Roberts

By Peter Pedersen, Chris Roberts

A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement within the Western Front--complete with jogging and riding excursions of 28 battlefields

With infrequent photos and records from the Australian conflict Memorial archive and large shuttle info, this can be the main accomplished advisor to the battlefields of the Western entrance out there. each bankruptcy covers not only the battles, however the usually larger-than-life personalities who took half in them. Following a chronological order from 1916 via 1918, the e-book leads readers via each significant engagement the Australian and New Zealanders fought in and contains tactical concerns and extracts from the non-public diaries of squaddies. this is often the appropriate e-book for an individual who desires to discover the battlefields of the Western entrance, both in-person or from the relief of home.


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Turn left and face the road. An old corner café 130 metres to your left front marks the junction of Rue Delvas with Rue Deleval. The first house on Rue Deleval after the café is Delaporte Farm, site of a major strongpoint, and the next, a long white building, is La Ferme Equestre L’Hippocrate, Orchard House to the British. Draw an imaginary line from it left to right across your front, and the intersection with another line running at right angles to Rue Delvas from the park is the approximate location of the Sugarloaf.

Problems The tactical difficulties were immense. Protected by wire entanglements five metres deep, the German front-line breastwork comprised a sandbag wall over two metres high and six metres across that was impervious to all but the heaviest shells. Machine-guns in the Sugarloaf Salient enfiladed the ground on either side. Owing to its flatness, they were also capable of grazing fire, in which the centre of every burst does not rise above the height of a standing man. The combination of enfilade and grazing fire maximises a machine-gun’s lethality by enabling it to catch an assault flank on with no dead ground for cover.

General Sir Henry Rawlinson. 4 Western Front, where the British and French would attack astride the Somme River. But in February 1916 the Germans launched a massive offensive against the French at Verdun, a historic fortress town on the Meuse River for which they hoped France would fight to the last man and, ultimately, ‘bleed to death’. According to the German calculus, Britain would be unwilling to fight on alone in the west, while Russia was tottering in the east. The Allied plan began to unravel as the French appealed for help to relieve the pressure at Verdun, while the Italians were in trouble against the Austrians.

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