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Friday, 3 August 2012
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, The Battle of Gueudecourt, France, 5 - 14 November 1916, Album Contents Topic: AAC-Photo Albums
Australian Service Personnel
The Battle of Gueudecourt, France, 5 - 14 November 1916, Album Contents
Gueudecourt, a village on the Somme battlefield in northern France, became the scene of two attacks by Australian troops in November 1916 which were made amid conditions rated as the most difficult ever faced by the AIF. The British offensive of this front in September-during which I Anzac Corps was resting in the Ypres sector after its losses at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm had advanced the line into a valley below the Bapaume heights. Here the onset of Autumn rains turned the ground into a quagmire, and attacks against the German lines by the British Fourth and Fifth Armies during October all failed totally with heavy losses.
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