Letters and Stories

Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war

and their connection to the region.

I never expected to get out of this place

‘… there is nothing but shell holes in this part …’

A chap's nerves soon get a bit unstrung after he has been here a bit

The year 1917 is considered the most costly for Anzacs.

The first night at Anzac

Less than 24 hours after the landing, the Gallipoli expedition leader Sir Ian Hamilton was sound asleep in his cabin aboard the warship Queen Elizabeth.

Changing Attitudes

A shift in attitudes to failed leadership and a valiant enemy

Verdun

The battle of Verdun was one of the longest costly battles in World War I.

The British at Cape Helles

French troops engaged in a diversionary landing on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles.

A glimpse of the sea

‘… a glimpse of the sea – we knew perfectly well that this hill was the key to victory or defeat.’

The Nek

Below to the right lay the Australian trenches at The Nek, the narrow strip of flat land about the size of a football field.

Monash - A fit leader for the wild men he commanded

In May 1918, Australia’s five divisions were united into a single corps on the Western Front.

At the fork

‘Men passing the fork in Monash Valley used to glance at the place (as one of them said) as a man looks at a haunted house.’ – Charles Bean.

Pozieres II

The Pozieres map is stylised to represent the relative position of opposing forces on the Western Front and the locations of some major battles fought by Australians.

The Middle East

‘Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as the elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition.’

Somme

July 1, 1916 – The worst day in British military history

6800 Australians killed

In the fighting around Pozieres, the British 48th Division lost 2844 casualties from 16–28 July and 2505 more from 13 August.

1917 - No kin left

William Harold Wilson, who was accepted for active service yesterday, enlisted under most remarkable circumstances.