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Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Statues at Langemark Cemetery


The Australian National Memorial is a short distance to the north of the town of Villers-Bretonneux. It is built on one of the hills stormed by Australian troops in their famous action on Anzac Day (25 April) 1918 to recapture Villers-Bretonneux from much larger numbers of German Troops. It is the site of the official Anzac Day commemorations held in France each Anzac Day.

The Memorial is the main monument to Australian forces in France. Panels on the side of the Memorial record the names of the 10,797 Australian soldiers killed in France with no known grave. The memorial is reached by walking some distance through Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. This cemetery was created when remains from smaller cemeteries were brought here at the end of the War.

There are four panoramas of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and the Australian National Memorial.

1, The Entrance to Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and the Australian National Memorial

2. Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery near the Cross

3. The Large Open Space at the Front of the Australian National Memorial

4. The View From the Top of the Tower, Australian National Memorial

 

 

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