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19-MAR-2011 AKMC

15753 Diorama: The Somme, Winter 1916-1917 (I)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

From the Department Of Veterans' Affairs web site:

The autumn rains had set in by the time the Australians reached the Somme and the whole battlefield had become a sea of mud. Broken ground, easily traversed in dry weather, was a bog. Trenches and tracks were often impassable. It could take relays of stretcher-bearers many hours to bring in a wounded man, the mud slowing the journey to a kilometre an hour.


On 18 November 1916, the Battle of the Somme officially ended and for the remainder of the winter of 1916–17 the Australians garrisoned the line east of Flers. From there they kept pressure on the Germans by means of small attacks and raids. However, the main battle was against mud, rain and frost-bite.

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Long Bach Nguyen19-May-2011 05:00
I driven through the Somme few years ago and noticed war cemeteries on either side of the road back into Belgium. To thought of nearly a million soldiers died and injured over the short distant is hard to comprehend. The lust and green farm fields buried the horrific past of the battle. Nicely done on capturing the images and the explanation.
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