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Villers-Bretonneux: ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • The Australian National Memorial Villers-Bretonneux France (map)
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On 25 April 2018, there will be a gathering at the Australian National Memorial (ANM) situated next to the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery just north of the village of Villers-Bretonneux, France. The ANM is the site of an intense battle fought exactly 100 years before as part of wider efforts to halt a German spring offensive which was threatening to win them the war.

Throughout early April, in 1918, Australian units helped defend Villers-Bretonneux from this onslaught, but at dawn on the 24 the Germans attacked and captured the town. Leading the British counter attack, the Australian 13 and 15 Brigades enveloped the town and successfully cleared it of Germans on 25 April, the third anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.

The Commemoration, on 25 April 2018, not only commemorates this remarkable action which effectively ended the German offensive launched a month prior but also marks the 103rd anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.