Anzacs in France and Belgium


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It would be difficult these days to find an Australian or New Zealander who hasn't heard of Gallipoli. What many fail to realise is that after this bitter and bloody campaign against Turkey in 1915 many of these same troops were sent to France to fight on the Western Front of World War I. It is here that they made a significant contribution to the defeat of the German forces who had invaded into France in 1914. It was during this time that saw the formation of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and the beginnings of the ANZAC legend.

The information here in started out as a web site based around travelling through the region a number of years ago. Current images have been combined with a time line of a focus on Australian actions during the War. That timeline also contains information about local cemeteries or memorials as well as any awards made to soldiers during an engagement. The book does not cover every battle fought by Australian or New Zealand forces but does contain a meticulously collated location of all the cemeteries in which Australians are buried in France including their GPS co-ordinates.

It is hoped that in some small way the information presented here can provide a better idea of the contribution that these men and women made. Now that many Australians are visiting the battlefields of northern France and Belgium we hope that it also serves as an informative guide to the locations and the history of the region.

For many that never returned may their memory live on through their deeds.

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