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An ANZAC on the Western Front: The Personal Reflections of by H.R. Williams

By H.R. Williams

"The ordeal of the evening used to be it seems that noticeable on all faces, ghastly white displaying via mask of grim and dried sweat, eyes glassy, sticking out, and whole of horror noticeable merely upon males who've lived via a heavy bombardment." So wrote Harold Roy Williams of his time within the conflict of Fromelles in July 1916.Having enlisted in 1915 and serving within the 56th Battalion Australian Imperial strength, Williams had simply arrived in France, from Egypt, on 30 June 1916. He describes the horrors of the Fromelles battlefield in stunning readability and the stipulations the troops needed to undergo are published in traumatic detail.Surviving a later gasoline assault, Harold Williams' next postings learn like a journey of the Western entrance. Following the Sommethere used to be the dust and squalor of the road south of Ypres, the German Spring Offensive of 1918, the conflict of Amiens - usually defined because the so much decisive conflict opposed to the Germans in France and Flanders - the trap of Villers-Bretonneux and, ultimately, the attack on Peronne.Injured at Peronne and invalided again to the uk, Williams survived the conflict to come to Australia in 1919. An Anzacon the Western entrance is his photo description of his carrier within the First global warfare - an account that was once defined as "the top soldier's tale ...yet learn in Australia" while it was once first released.

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