An Anzac on the Western Front: The Personal Recollections of by H.R. Williams

By H.R. Williams

This is a photograph account of 1 soldier’s provider within the First international conflict – an account that's in accordance with a diary he maintained when on energetic provider. it's been defined by way of one senior officer as “the top 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 may see provider in Egypt after which the Western entrance – engaging in a number of the largest battles of the 1st international 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 per week later. The conflict used to be a catastrophe, leading to heavy casualties around the department. regardless of those losses the fifth department endured to guy front within the Fromelles region for one more months.

After a freezing iciness manning trenches within the Somme Valley, in early 1917 the 56th Battalion participated within the enhance that the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. It used to be spared the attack yet did, notwithstanding, protect earnings made in the course of 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 right here used to be at Polygon wooden on 26 September.

With the cave in of Russia in October 1917, an incredible German offensive at the Western entrance was once anticipated in early 1918. This got here in past due March and the fifth department moved to guard the sphere round Corbie.

Once the German offensive were defeated, the Allies introduced their very own offensive in August 1918. he 56th fought its final significant conflict of the struggle, St. Quentin Canal, among 29 September and a pair of October 1918. It was once resting out of the road while the Armistice was once declared on eleven November.

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