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Introduction

The First World War was a global conflict that ran between 28th July 1914 and 11th November 1918. More than 16 million people died during the war and it was one of the most influential events in history, setting the context for the rest of the twentieth century. This pathfinder acts as an information and research guide for World War 1.


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The Anzacs

The Gallipoli campaign lasted for 8 months and during this time 8700 Australian men died and a further 19,000 were wounded.


The Australian and New Zealand forces were part of a larger multinational allied force that included British, French and Indian troops. It is hard now to imagine the reality that was Gallipoli between April 1915 and January 1916, but it has been said that is has helped to forge an Australian identity and a consciousness of Australia's place in the world.

The first official Anzac Day was observed in 1916 and since then the legend of the 'digger' and the nature of Anzac has continued to fascinate scholars, soldiers, politicians and the general public.

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Ypres (Passchendale)

Hartnett, H. G., Ypres to Passchendale: unlucky days for C Company, The Week, no.051, 30 October 2009., 2009; pp.40-41.
This is an abridged extract from Over the top: a digger's story of the Western Front by H. G. Hartnett.

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