After the battle on the Menin Road, Belgium 1917

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When: 01 July 1917

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Description: Wounded soldiers waiting to be taken to the dressing station. Part of Our Boys at the Front series of postcards, no. 13. From official photographs by special permission of the Department of Defence. Proceeds to the Australian Comforts Fund. (Printing on verso of postcard)
The Battle of the Menin Road was the first major Australian involvement in the series of British ‘bite and hold’ attacks which began on 31 July 1917. Collectively these operations are known as ‘The Third Battle of Ypres’. After moving through Ypres, the First and Second Australian Divisions manned the front lines opposite Glencorse Wood. Following a five-day bombardment, the two Australian divisions advanced at 5.40 am on 20 September. They were in the centre of an assault by 11 British divisions along Westhoek Ridge facing Glencorse Wood. Although this battle was finally won by the allies, the Australians sustained 5,000 killed and wounded.

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    Old Family Images

    • 12/Sep/2017 17:40:52

    One of the more famous works by Frank Hurley.

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    Blue Mountains Local Studies

    • 18/Oct/2017 03:15:05

    After the battle. A scene on the Menin Road. Wounded waiting to be taken to the dressing stations. And - "A scene on the Menin Road near Hooge, looking towards Birr Cross Roads, during the battle on 20 September 1917. The wounded on the stretchers are waiting to be taken to the clearing stations; others able to walk are making their way along the road as far as possible. Identified are: Major (Maj) G A M Heydon MC, Regimental Medical Officer of the 8th Battalion (fifth from the left with his arm in a sling). To his left is Private W Bain and next to him is Private (Pte) 'Spud' Murphy. To Pte Murphy's left (wearing a pack) is 58 Lance Corporal (LCpl) Roy Arthur Findlay MM, all are members of the 1st Field Ambulance." "Shortly after the photograph was taken a shell landed in approximately the area where Maj Heydon and Pte Murphy had been standing. The shell killed most of the wounded on stretchers and LCpl Findlay was blown under the truck, shown lying on its side to the right." www.awm.gov.au/collection/E00711/ Also - commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Menin_Road_-_wo...