By July 1918 the Australian Imperial Force or “AIF” was hardened by four bloody years of war – from the beaches and ravines of Gallipoli, to Fromelles, the Somme, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele and Villers–Bretonneux – of the more than 295,000 Australians who served on the Western Front in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) – 46,000 would lose their lives and a further 132,000 would be wounded.
This episode was written by Robert Moorhead.
Robert is a professional engineer and program manager who is currently Director of the National Health Strategy for the State of Qatar. He joined Monash University Regiment, part of the Australian Army reserves in 1986, and was sent to the Third Training Group at Puckapunyal in Victoria. Here, he was assigned to Hamel Recruit Training Platoon and was first introduced to the story of the Battle of Le Hamel. This podcast is dedicated to the life-long friends he met in Hamel Platoon.