Letters and Stories

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

and their connection to the region.

Good god Bill, what's happened to my brigade?

The full horror of the sacrifice of the 5th Division at Fromelles sunk in slowly in Australia.

The Turkish Offensive

Turkish May offensive: The Man with the Donkey dies and another legend is born.

25 April 1915

Jammed further north than intended, the 9th, 10th, and 11th Battalions of the 3rd Brigade became mixed up as they landed.

Quinn's Post

‘Thus ends that fateful day that took all my mates away’

Menin Road

New Zealand’s worst day on the Western Front.

Indigenous Attitudes

‘Too Dark for the Light Horse’

British Army Graveyard Kindermord

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

A glimpse of the sea

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

Lone Pine

‘So long, Tom,’ was the answer at Lone Pine, ‘see you again in half an hour’.

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.’

Disease, heat and flies

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

Disastrous August offensive

Locked into entrenched stalemates with occasional costly but inconsequential forays, the Gallipoli campaign.

A bleak winter looms

After the heat, hundreds freeze to death in trenches. ‘It has been snowing all day and my hands are like blocks of wood

Barely one in 10 returned

Lt. George Alfred Still, from Maryborough, awarded the Military Cross at Fromelles.

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