World War One, an extremely devastating event dated from 1914 to 1918. A war that introduced many new and effective inventions, such as the aeroplane and the use of mustard gas, these inventions revolutionised the tactics now used in the battlefield. This war caused a enormouse amount of young, enthisiastic soldiers to loose their lives, not only did it devistate the families of soldiers but also the various countries involved. Although a lot of wars were fought all over Europe the Western Front was one of the most prominant spots of action.
The Western Front, located on the corner of Belgium and France, was a place known for the millions of men who had fallen and the numerous wars fought there. The Western Front, labeled by the Germans, refers to the 700 kilometres of trenches constructed from the coast of Belgium all the way to the border of Switzerland. It was there, where the first major battles were staged during World War One. For the many years that the land was utilised nine wars were fought, and the death tolls rose to an ultimate high, 18.6 million people died on the Western Front alone, 45,000 of those soldiers taken were Australian. Throughout this period the conditions the soldiers were subjected to were horrible, one of the worst being the trenches. Inside they were a scene of horror, infested with extremely large rats, dead bodies of fellow comrades, floods and machine gun bullets flying overhead.
The 'Great War' of 1914 to 1918 was an extremely devastating event to any of the country that were involved. Taking over eight million lives with it, including 45,000 Australians at the Western Front alone. At this time the nation of Australia was just starting to evolve and create an identity for iteself, which caused questions to arise about the control Britain had on the nation, even so the governement sent soldiers to fight on the behalf of the British. The Australian soldiers arrived at the Western Front two years after the war had started, at the time the war was making no progress on either side and advancements were near impossible unless soldiers were shot down almost immediatly, this stage of the war was also know as a stalemate. The first war the Australians fought in was the Battle of Fromelles on July, 1916. The objective of the campaign was to reclaim some of the land the Germans had taken during battle, it was also to distract the Germans from the Battle of Somme. The Battle of Fromelles did not succeed as the Germans had known about the Australians infantry preperations. As a result the Australian army suffered an enormous loss of soldiers, ith almost 2000 men killed 27 hours. The Battle of Passchendaele had the largest number of casualties with 30,000 Britsh and 38,000 Australia soldiers losing their lives. The Australian soldiers fought a lot of wars while deployed in Europe, they allowed the war to move foraward and make progress, in the end Australian soldiers became an asset to their allies.
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