By H.R. Williams

This is a photograph account of 1 soldier’s provider within the First international battle – an account that's in accordance with a diary he maintained while on lively provider. it's been defined through one senior officer as “the most sensible soldier’s tale i've got but learn in Australia”. H.R. Williams enlisted in 1915, becoming a member of ‘A’ corporation, 56th Battalion AIF. With this unit he could see carrier in Egypt after which the Western entrance – engaging in a number of the greatest battles of the 1st global War.

Arriving in France on 30 June 1916, the battalion entered front line trenches for the 1st time on 12 July and fought its first significant conflict at Fromelles every week later. The conflict was once a catastrophe, leading to heavy casualties around the department. regardless of those losses the fifth department persisted to guy front within the Fromelles zone for one more months.

After a freezing iciness manning trenches within the Somme Valley, in early 1917 the 56th Battalion participated within the develop that the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. It was once spared the attack yet did, even though, safeguard earnings made through the moment conflict of Bullecourt. Later within the yr, the AIF’s concentration of operations switched to the Ypres area in Belgium. The 56th’s significant conflict the following used to be at Polygon wooden on 26 September.

With the cave in of Russia in October 1917, a massive German offensive at the Western entrance was once anticipated in early 1918. This got here in overdue March and the fifth department moved to shield the field round Corbie.

Once the German offensive have been defeated, the Allies introduced their very own offensive in August 1918. he 56th fought its final significant conflict of the battle, St. Quentin Canal, among 29 September and a couple of October 1918. It used to be resting out of the road while the Armistice used to be declared on eleven November.

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