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  • Fromelles and Pozières

  • In the Trenches of Hell
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88

On 19 July 1916, 7,000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in Northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5,500 were wounded and just under 1,900 were dead - a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'. Just days later, three Australian divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible account. .. not to be forgotten.

  • By Robert on 07-05-2016

Australian gallantry defeated by British incompetence

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2017

A very moving story of Australians in action in France in WW1, and the terrible cost to human life on both sides of the conflict. While the Germans were only doing their job to ensure the maximum number of Australian casualties were recorded, it also is clear that the British generalship had the same intent.