The Battle of Fromelles - Jul 1916

The worst twenty four hours in Australia’s entire history occurred just over 100 years ago at Fromelles on 19th-20th July 1916.

The Australians suffered 5,533 casualties in one night.

The Australian toll at Fromelles was equivalent to the total Australian casualties in the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War put together.

It was a staggering disaster.

It was, in the words of the Comd 15th Aus Bde, Brig-Gen ‘Pompey’ Elliott, a “tactical abortion”.