Letters and Stories
Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war
and their connection to the region.
A catastrophe Pompey Elliot predicted
200 metres of open ground was twice the distance recommended for a frontal charge at defences.
‘So long, Tom,’ was the answer at Lone Pine, ‘see you again in half an hour’.
Below to the right lay the Australian trenches at The Nek, the narrow strip of flat land about the size of a football field.
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.’
A glimpse of the sea
‘… a glimpse of the sea – we knew perfectly well that this hill was the key to victory or defeat.’
Wonderful endurance and self-sacrifice
Before the war, I never dreamt that just average men could do so well.
A shift in attitudes to failed leadership and a valiant enemy
March 1918 - German Offensive
March 1918 German offensive Russia withdraws from war with 15.8 million casualties on the Eastern Front.
‘Thus ends that fateful day that took all my mates away’
Disease, heat and flies
As the summer swelter set in, the Anzacs cursed billions of flies drawn by unsanitary conditions.
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.
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
We came out after fierce fighting
In the wake of showing the stretched Germans could be stopped at Villers-Bretonneux and driven back at Le Hamel.
My nerve is completely gone
L/Cpl J. F. Kerr: Just a few lines to let you know I am safe.