Letters and Stories

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

and their connection to the region.

Pozieres : July - August 1916

‘… we realised at last that we were at war …’

Indigenous Attitudes

‘Too Dark for the Light Horse’

I never expected to get out of this place

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

Miracles of the Marne

As the German armies swept into northern France, it seemed nothing could save Paris.

Disease, heat and flies

As the summer swelter set in, the Anzacs cursed billions of flies drawn by unsanitary conditions.

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.

British Army Graveyard Kindermord

The first battle of Ypres began on October 20, 1914, near the end of the Race for the Sea.

These continual frontal attacks

Two brigades of Australians and New Zealanders were taken from Anzac Cove to Helles for the Second Battle.

Periscopes and Rifles

The periscope rifle devised by Lance Corporal William Beech after five of his comrades were killed in the Turkish May offensive.

August 6 - Major Chapman killed by shell-fire

The Maryborough man who was the first Anzac to step ashore at Gallipoli.

Turkish tenacity and a brilliant leader

A Turkish Lieutenant Colonel with piercing blue eyes and a powerful presence stepped forward as the Anzacs landed.

Gallipoli Cost

Gallipoli toll: Almost 400,000 from both sides left dead or wounded in Gallipoli.

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.

Suvla Bay

Despite facing only light opposition, the landing at Suvla as part of the August offensive was hopelessly mismanaged.

Hamel

Hamel was a small town but its capture by the Australians inspired the Allies on the Western Front.

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