THERE was a moving and appropriate tribute overnight to the “the worst 24 hours in Australia’s entire history” when Australia combined with France, 100 years to day, to commemorate the ill-fated Battle of Fromelles.

In a single day, between July 19 and 20, 1916, there were 7080 Allied casualties of which 5533 were losses incurred by the 5th Australian Division. German losses were estimated between 1600 and 2000 with 150 taken prison but the aim of the terrible event wasn’t achieved, failing to stop German forces from being redeployed to the Somme front.

Many soldiers from this area were killed between this initial offensive for Australian forces and unspeakable atrocities which followed in the next two years.Fromelles1 Fromelles2