Pozières, Bullecourt, Amiens, Fromelles….picturesque places dotted around the French and Belgian countryside. Places that today belie the horror and devastation that occurred there 100 years ago during World War One. Stretching 440 miles from the Swiss border to the North Sea, the Western Front was a line of trenches, dug-outs and barbed wire that divided the Allies and the Central Powers in a stalemate that would last for over three years.
Around 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front – of these 132,000 were wounded and more than 46,000 were killed in action. Australians suffered through extreme conditions on the Western Front, both the soldiers on the front line and nurses and medical staff dealing with the aftermath of each battle. Back on the home-front, thousands of Victorian families grieved as the cost of the war was realised.
Now, a century on, Victoria Remembers all those whose lives were touched by the Western Front campaign. The Victorian Government is committed to sharing the stories of all those who served and sacrificed and ensuring this history is safeguarded for future generations. We encourage everyone to learn more about this episode in our military history, to make their own connections and to share their story.