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Anzac on the Western Front
Author: WILLIAMS H R

ISBN: 9781848847675
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1 October 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.5
Description:
This is a graphic account of one soldier's service in the First World War - an account that is based on a diary he maintained whilst on active service. It has been described by one senior officer as "the best soldier's story I have yet read in Australia". H.R. Williams enlisted in 1915, joining 'A' Company, 56th Battalion AIF. With this unit he would see service in Egypt and then the Western Front - participating in some of the biggest battles of the First World War. Arriving in France on 30 June 1916, the battalion entered the front line trenches for the first time on 12 July and fought its first major battle at Fromelles a week later. The battle was a disaster, resulting in heavy casualties across the division. Despite these losses the 5th Division continued to man the front in the Fromelles sector for a further two months. After a freezing winter manning trenches in the Somme Valley, in early 1917 the 56th Battalion participated in the advance that followed the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. It was spared the assault but did, however, defend gains made during the second battle of Bullecourt. Later in the year, the AIF's focus of operations switched to the Ypres sector in Bel...

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