By Dr Peter Pedersen

The assault at Fromelles is important for a few purposes. It was once the Australians first significant operation at the Western entrance and pitted them opposed to part of the German line that used to be an item lesson within the sitting of a defence. The goals and the strategies hired to accomplish them have been replaced a number of instances and the sufficiency of assets vigorously debated. After the battle, the British and Australian respectable Historians argued as to how the conflict might be interpreted. lots of the correspondence that observed their alternate of drafts has now not been released and makes compelling analyzing.

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The twenty-mile march forward began on 8 July and next evening the brigades were billeted in the villages from which they were to relieve the 4th Division. On 10/11 July, 29 and 30 Battalions left Erquinghem for 8 Brigade's sector in front of Bois Grenier on the left, while 57 and 58 Battalions from 15 Brigade, co-located with the divisional headquarters in Sailly, moved in opposite the eastern face of the Sugarloaf on the right. 14 Brigade filled the centre with 55 and 56 Battalions from Fleurbaix on 11/12 July.

Assembled at Northampton in January 1915 from the home service men in the territorial units of the 48th Division, it had languished at the bottom of the pecking order as a second line territorial formation in a rapidly expanding British Army. Lacking arms and equipment, the division spent the year on home defence duties, which limited training. Towards the end of 1915, its best men were sent to reinforce the first line division in France and training had to start again. The 61st Division itself went to France at the end of May 1916, scarcely a month before the 5th Australian Division.

The purpose of the Club is to keep members informed of new titles and to offer many other reader-benefits. Membership is free and by registering an interest you can help us predict print runs and thus assist us in maintaining the quality and prices at their present levels. Please call the office 01226 734555, or send your name and address along with a request for more information to: Battleground Series Club Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 47 Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2AS Other books by Peter Pedersen: Monash as Military Commander Images of Gallipoli Hamel (Battleground Europe Series) First published in 2004 by LEO COOPER an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Limited 47 Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2AS Copyright © Peter Pedersen, 2004 ISBN 0 85052 928 x ISBN 9781783379736 (epub) ISBN 9781783379538 (prc) A CIP catalogue of this book is available from the British Library Printed by CPI UK For up-to-date information on other titles produced under the Leo Cooper imprint, please telephone or write to: Pen & Sword Books Ltd, FREEPOST, 47 Church Street Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2AS Telephone 01226 734222 CONTENTS Introduction by Series Editor Author's Introduction Acknowledgements Advice to travellers How to use this book Chapter 1 Defending Fromelles: The Germans Chapter 2 The Australians and the British Chapter 3 Stumbling Towards Battle Chapter 4 The Attack of the 61st Division Chapter 5 The Attack of the 5th Australian Division Chapter 6 The Long Night Chapter 7 Reflections Chapter 8 Cemeteries and Memorials Chapter 9 Battlefield Tours Car Tour: The Battlefield and Related Areas Walk 1: The Australian Attack Walk 2: The British Attack Walk 3: The Ridge Select Bibliography Index Introduction by the Series Editor The sweep of country below Messines Ridge to the heights of Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy Ridge seems unremitting in its flatness and lack of features.

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