Series honours WWI Diggers

Soldiers of the 5th Australian Division in 1916. AWM E00019
Soldiers of the 5th Australian Division in 1916. AWM E00019

Today we launch a new series to highlight the bravery of Australian soldiers who fought on the Western Front in World War I (on page 11).

The Road to Remembrance is a 10-part series that explores the fighting in France and Belgium and the impact on Diggers in Europe and those at home. 

The series is a partnership between Fairfax Media and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

It coincides with upcoming centenary commemorations of major battles as well as the launch of the Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day 2018.

The stories cover the horrors of trench warfare and gas attacks, the valour of Diggers and the personal sacrifices from regional Australian towns.

The Australian War Memorial has provided research and images for the series.

We are also seeking stories from our communities about their relatives who fought on the Western Front.

The series will continue fortnightly in Tuesday editions.