By Patrick Lindsay
‘The bomb craters and the loss of life and destruction were ploughed over. the houses and the church and the structures were rebuilt. however the thoughts remain.’
July 2016 marks the centenary of the conflict of Fromelles – Australia’s worst-ever army defeat. On 19 July 1916, a British commander ordered 7000 Australian infantrymen to release an assault at the German traces just about the village of Fromelles in northern France. Underprepared and outnumbered, the diggers suffered 5533 casualties in a single evening. nearly 2000 males lay lifeless – greater than within the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars mixed. The destiny of the numerous squaddies that broke via enemy traces remained unknown for many years, until eventually a gaggle of novice historians got down to locate the lacking diggers of Fromelles.
Patrick Lindsay’s evocative and captivating account takes you again to the killing fields of northern France. Fromelles: Our Darkest Day retells the tale of the fateful conflict and the folk at the back of it, and information the passionate and made up our minds quest to discover the lacking squaddies, and to provide them their ultimate, dignified resting place.
This up to date version comprises fabric at the discovery of the Fromelles mass graves, and at the next excavation, restoration, id and re-interment of infantrymen at Fromelles (Pheasant wooden) army Cemetery, with a whole record of names of lacking and pointed out soldiers.
‘Fromelles could be the so much tragic battlefield in Australia’s history.’ LES CARLYON
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Fromelles by Patrick Lindsay