Among other things, most stations will be broadcasting another excellent series from Media Heads (formerly Radiowise).
In commemoration of ANZAC Day 2017, Media Heads has produced a radio series featuring vignettes of Australia's involvement on the Western Front during WW1. Particular attention is focused on 1917 – exactly 100 years ago. 1917 has been described as the worst year of the Great War for Australians.
When we think of World War 1, generally the first thing that comes to mind is Gallipoli. But Gallipoli was a defeat and a retreat for the allied forces.
The Western Front was where the hard yards were gained – horrendous battles, massive loss of lives, terrible conditions – 1916-17 was the worst winter in 50 years.
Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front in France and Belgium between March 1916 and November 1918. Of these, some 132,000 became casualties and 46,000 lost their lives.
The Western Front in France and Belgium is the battlefield where, over 3 years, the allied forces (which included Australia) gradually achieved victory during WW1. Yet it is often overlooked.
The material in this series is drawn from Media Heads' exclusive and extensive library of interviews and includes stories from veterans of the Western Front, nurses, the author of the ANZAC Girls
, Peter Rees, and war historian and biographer Ross McMullin (author of Pompey Elliott
The series is presented by Ray Martin.
Some segments will also shed light on battles at Passchendaele, Menin Road and Polygon Wood ... among others.
If you haven't done so already, there's still time to download the spots by emailing Media Heads for the links.