The French village of Poziere was the setting of the Battle of Pozières, a two week struggle on the ridge of the village during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Though British divisions were involved in most phases of the fighting, Pozières is primarily remembered as an Australian battle. The fighting ended with the Allied forces in possession of the plateau north and east of the village, and in a position to menace the German bastion of Thiepval from the rear. However, the cost had been enormous, and in the words of Australian official historian Charles Bean, the Pozières ridge “is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth.” The caption on the image reads "G. Lelong, 21, Rue St. Martin" and is the name and address of the photographer. G. Lelong photographed a number of scenes from World War I. This slide is part of a collection depicting Australian YMCA war work during World War I.
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