Great War-Battle of Fromelles Ltd Ed Medallion SoG 16

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Great War-Battle of Fromelles Ltd Ed Medallion SoG 16

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On 19 and 20 July 1916 the 5th Australian Division of the A.I.F. fought the Battle of Fromelles. The untested Australians had newly arrived on the Western Front and were ordered to attack strongly fortified German front line positions near the Aubers Ridge in French Flanders. Fighting alongside the British 61st Division, the attack was intended as a feint to keep German reserves from moving south to the reinforce the Somme. Fromelles was a disastrous failure. Our forces assaulted over open ground in broad daylight and under direct observation and heavy fire from the German lines. More than 5,500 Australians became casualties; almost 2,000 were killed in action or died of wounds and some 400 were captured. This is believed to be the greatest loss by a single division in 24 hours during the entire First World War. Presented in an attractive leatherette box, it includes a certificate of authenticity and Sands of Gallipoli presentation. Only 1,000 units will be released.

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