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Cartoon by Ted Cannon, former student of the Ballarat School of Mines, c1916. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection
Battle of the Somme. Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

Plan of the German Trenches at Thiepval. Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

Mouquet Farm stands on the gently rolling fields 1.7 kilometres behind Pozieres. It was a German stronghold on the Somme. Between August 8 and September 3, 1916, it was the object of nine fierce attacks from the three Australian divisions of the 1st Anzac Corps. In just under seven weeks of fighting at Pozieres and at Mouquet Farm, three Australian divisions suffered 23,000 casualties of whom 6800 men died of wounds. Thousands of Diggers died in the area and the name Mouquet Farm connotes Australian military tragedy on par with Gallipoli and Fromelles in nearby Flanders. Australia's official World War I historian Charles Bean wrote of Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in July 1916 that "there is no undamaged surface here". [1]

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British Offensive North of The Somme, Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection