The small French manufacturing town of Villers-Bretonneux held no particular significance to Australia until the last year of World War I. Although it stood behind the front line during 1916-1917 and only a few kilometers from the small villages where the troops were then often billeted, few Australian soldiers would have spent time here. However, in 1918 the town became one of Germany’s objectives, because of its vital railway and road junctions. This infrastructure made Villers-Bretonneux a vital communications hub for the British and French armies. This item is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
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