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ANZACS on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

ISBN: 978-1-118-23832-5
300 pages
March 2012
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A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in the Western Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28 battlefields

With rare photographs and documents from the Australian War Memorial archive and extensive travel information, this is the most comprehensive guide to the battlefields of the Western Front on the market. Every chapter covers not just the battles, but the often larger-than-life personalities who took part in them. Following a chronological order from 1916 through 1918, the book leads readers through every major engagement the Australian and New Zealanders fought in and includes tactical considerations and extracts from the personal diaries of soldiers. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to explore the battlefields of the Western Front, either in-person or from the comfort of home.

 

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Table of Contents

About the author viii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction x

The ANZACs on the Western Front xvii

1 1916: BOIS-GRENIER/FLEURBAIX 1

Driving the battlefield 6

Local information 12

2 1916: FROMELLES 13

Walking the battlefield 20

Local information 31

3 1916: SOMME: POZIÈRES/MOUQUET FARM 37

Driving/walking the battlefi eld 46

Local information 68

4 1916: SOMME: NEW ZEALANDERS AT FLERS 73

Driving/walking the battlefield 78

Local information 88

5 1916-17: SOMME: AUSTRALIANS AT FLERS AND GUEUDECOURT 91

Driving/walking the battlefield 96

Local information 101

6 1917: AUSTRALIAN ADVANCE, GERMAN COUNTERATTACK 105

Driving the battlefield 112

Local information 131

7 1917: BULLECOURT 135

Walking the battlefi eld 144

Local information 160

8 1917: YPRES 165

Walking Ypres 166

Local information 171

9 1917: MESSINES 181

Driving the battlefield 188

Local information 202

10 1917: MENIN ROAD 207

Driving/walking the battlefield 212

Local information 223

11 1917: POLYGON WOOD 225

Driving/walking the battlefield 230

Local information 242

12 1917: BROODSEINDE 245

Driving/walking the battlefield 248

Local information 261

13 1917: PASSCHENDAELE 265

Walking the battlefield 272

Local information 285

14 1918: FROM LA SIGNY FARM TO PUISIEUX 287

Driving the battlefield 292

Local information 303

15 1918: DERNANCOURT AND MORLANCOURT 305

Driving the battlefield 310

Local information 320

16 1918: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX 325

Driving the battlefield 332

Local information 344

17 1918: HAZEBROUCK 349

Driving the battlefield 352

Local information 360

18 1918: HAMEL 361

Walking the battlefield 368

Local information 377

19 1918: THE GERMAN ARMY'S BLACK DAY 379

Driving the battlefield 384

Local information 396

20 1918: SOMME SOUTH 399

Driving the battlefield 402

Local information 413

21 1918: SOMME NORTH 415

Driving the battlefield 418

Local information 425

22 1918: MONT ST QUENTIN AND PÉRONNE 427

Driving the battlefield 432

Local information 446

23 1918: HINDENBURG OUTPOST LINE 449

Driving the battlefield 452

Local information 460

24 1918: HINDENBURG LINE 463

Driving the battlefield 468

Local information 484

25 1918: MONTBREHAIN 487

Walking the battlefi eld 490

Local information 496

26 1918: THE NEW ZEALANDERS AT BAPAUME 497

Driving the battlefield 502

Local information 509

27 1918: THE NEW ZEALAND ADVANCE 511

Driving the battlefield 514

Local information 525

28 1918: THE NEW ZEALANDERS AT LE QUESNOY 527

Driving the battlefield 530

Local information 538

Useful information 541

Glossary 542

Select bibliography 543

Sources of illustrations 544

Index 546

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Author Information

Dr Peter Pedersen is Head of the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial and one of Australia's leading military historians. He has written seven books on Australia in the First World War and led many battlefield tours to the Western Front. He was magnificently assisted in the preparation of this guide by Brigadier Chris Roberts AM, CSC (Retd).
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