Friday 10 June 2016

Centenary of two most significant battles in Australia’s history – Fromelles and Pozieres commemorated in July 2016

July 2016 marks the centenary of two of the most significant battles in Australia's history – to be marked by official commemorative services coordinated by the Australian Government in France and Belgium. In the lead up to this historic 100 year anniversary, Australian historian and battlefield guide, Mat McLachlan is available for interview.

"The Battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916, marked the first action on the Western Front for Australian troops - an absolute disaster, recognised as the worst day in Australia's war history with over 5,500 men killed and wounded in 24 hours," said Mat McLachlan. "A few weeks later, Australian troops were heavily involved in the Battle of Pozieres (23 July to 5 September 1916) – a six week struggle which resulted in victory, but at a terrible cost with over 23,000 men killed and wounded."

Mat McLachlan will be in Australia until 13 June 2016, and will then be heading to Europe where he will be leading a tour for the Centenaries of Fromelles and Pozieres – which will see Mat, together with his Australian tour group, attend the respective commemorative ceremonies on 19 July 2016 and 23 July 2016.

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