By H.R. Williams
Arriving in France on 30 June 1916, the battalion entered front line trenches for the 1st time on 12 July and fought its first significant conflict at Fromelles per week later. The conflict was once a catastrophe, leading to heavy casualties around the department. regardless of those losses the fifth department persisted to guy front within the Fromelles zone for one more months.
After a freezing wintry weather manning trenches within the Somme Valley, in early 1917 the 56th Battalion participated within the enhance that the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. It was once spared the attack yet did, even if, guard earnings made in the course of the moment conflict of Bullecourt. Later within the 12 months, the AIF’s concentration of operations switched to the Ypres quarter in Belgium. The 56th’s significant conflict the following was once at Polygon wooden on 26 September.
With the cave in of Russia in October 1917, a tremendous German offensive at the Western entrance used to be anticipated in early 1918. This got here in overdue March and the fifth department moved to safeguard the field round Corbie.
Once the German offensive have been defeated, the Allies introduced their very own offensive in August 1918. he 56th fought its final significant conflict of the struggle, St. Quentin Canal, among 29 September and a pair of October 1918. It was once resting out of the road while the Armistice was once declared on eleven November.
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An Anzac on the Western Front: The Personal Recollections of an Australian Infantryman from 1916 to 1918 by H.R. Williams