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Peter FitzSimons – Victory at Villers-Bretonneux

Remembering the Anzacs

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It’s early 1918 and the Great War hangs in the balance. The Germans drive all the way through the town of Villers-Bretonneux, splitting the British and French forces, as the exhausted British forces flee after two weeks of intense fighting. In desperation, the British commander, General Douglas Haig, calls upon the Australian soldiers to stop the German advance and save Villers-Bretonneux. Many of the French take heart just at the sight of the Diggers, whose reputation precedes them. Hope springs to life as the Diggers hold back the Germans, launching a vicious counterattack that hurls the Germans back for the first time.

And then, on Anzac Day 1918, when the town falls after all to the British defenders, it is again the Australians who are called on to save the day, the town, and the entire battle... Not for nothing does the primary school at Villers-Bretonneux have above every blackboard, to this day: 'N'oublions jamais, l'Australie' – Never forget Australia.

Peter FitzSimons is an Australian journalist and author. He is a former radio presenter and Wallaby. In 2001 and 2004 he was Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction author. He has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author in the last decade.

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