Learning Curve, The Great War
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Useful notes: Source7
Photographs of Australian and New Zealand soldiers, 1916
(Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum: Q671, Q660, Q653)
  • Source 7a was taken in 1916 and shows Australian troops asleep in a front line trench near Fleurbaix. The photo is probably from the Battle of the Somme, which began in July 1916 and lasted until November. It was the main battle involving British empire forces in 1916. The photo gives a sense of the exhaustion that soldiers experienced during intense battles.
  • Source 7b shows New Zealand troops being issued with their rum ration at Fleurbaix in June 1916.
  • Source 7c shows the New Zealand Medical Corps moving their quarters. The photo was taken at Armentieres on 9 June 1916.
  • Around 410,000 Australians served in the armed forces during the Great War. They fought on the Western Front, Gallipoli and in other areas of the Middle East. They suffered around 210,000 casualties.
  • The Australians often fought with New Zealand forces in the ANZAC Corps. Around 128,000 New Zealanders served in the war, suffering around 56,000 casualties.
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