Author: Robert East

Articles by Robert East:

The Battle of Hamel was an offensive against German troops strategically holed up, in and around the high ground near the French town of Le…

Then Germans bombarded the Australian troops with mustard gas. This had a devastating effect causing over 1,000 casualties with varying degrees of “blindness.” Villers-Bretonneux is…

Briefly put, the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge was one of many operations in the broader Ypres offensives. There were five Ypres offensives during World War…

This success came at a huge cost. The Australian 1st Division suffered 5,285 casualties — an inordinate number given a division normally consists of around…

Gough ordered 12 British tanks to precede the Australian advance, but many of them were either hit by German artillery of simply broke down. In…

Nothing in Australian military history before or since has matched this murderous advance at the battle of Fromelles. Today, Fromelles in northern France is a…

By the time the Australians left the Gallipoli theater, they had suffered 26,111 casualties, including 8,141 killed in action or dying of their wounds. Australia…

On June 7, 1917, Australian and New Zealand Forces (ANZAC) combined to form an attack on a German defensive position near the Belgium town of…

The Australians were ordered to attack German trenches across an exposed strip of land in broad daylight. When the United Kingdom declared war on Germany…