On this day: Troops in France

Unidentified troops travel along the Australian Army route to fighting at Pozières and Mouquet Farm in France. 1st August 1916. The fighting was part of the larger Battle of the Somme.

While the battle was seen as a major victory for the British Empire, Australian troops suffered 23 000 casualties while advancing two only kilometres along this route.

In the background the village of Contalmaison is under German fire.

The image was taken by a British war photographer, and is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Road_to_Pozieres_August_1916_(AWM_EZ0084)Somme battlefield road to Pozières 1 August 1916. View north the village of Contalmaison shelled by the Germans. Australian troops I Anzac Corps

Winter at War

Mametz_Western_Front_(Frank_Crozier)Anzac soldiers in the snow near Mametz, France at the end of the Battle of the Somme. 1916-17. By Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war

Anzac soldiers in the snow near Mametz, France at the end of the Battle of the Somme. 1916-17. By Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

On this day…

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

13th November 1916: On the first day of the Battle of Ancre – part of the larger Battle of the Somme – a British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner near Aveluy Wood.

On this day: Heading to War

28th June 1916: British troops near Doullens, France head to the front to begin the Battle of the Somme.

This infamous First World War battle claimed the lives of about a third of the three million soldiers who fought from the start of July until mid-November.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_The regimental transport of the 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials) marching to the front line; near Doullens, 28th Jun

Christmas on the Western Front

Christmas_on_the_Western_Front,_1914-1918_Q1628British troops (the soldier on the left thought to be of the Worcestershire Regiment) purchasing mistletoe from women on a market, Bailleul


December 1916: British troops in Bailleul, France purchase mistletoe for Christmas at a local market. This came shortly after the conclusion of the months-long Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest battles in recorded history. First World War.