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WW1 Tragedy to Triumph - Peter Sweeney


Tragedy at Fromelles to Triumph at Hamel

In 1916, the worst twenty four hours in Australia’s military history occurred at Fromelles.
The Australians suffered 5,533 casualties in one night.
It was a staggering disaster.
It was, in the words of the Comd 15th Aus Bde, Brig-Gen ‘Pompey’ Elliott, a “tactical abortion”.

In 1918, the greatest ninety minutes in Australia’s military history occurred at Hamel.
In the first ‘all arms’ battle in military history, the ANZAC Corps, along with US infantry, swept the Germans from the village, woods and high ground around the town of Hamel.

Retired Army Reserve Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney presents a comparison between these two significant WW1 battles and Australia's involvement.

Students studying modern history at a senior secondary high school level or above, and anyone with a passion for history will find Peter's talk both enlightening and educational.

This talk forms part of our WW1 History Expo for HSC students and the Central Coast Community. A number of displays regarding WW1 will available to view from 2pm in the Erina Room.

As places are limited please book your place by clicking on the ​Book Tickets button above, phoning 4304 7650 or visiting your local branch.