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Visit Flanders Remembers Australia And New Zealand’s Contribution To WW1

August 5, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

August 4 1914 saw the start of one of the greatest and most horrific conflicts the world has ever seen. When Germany invaded Belgium as a declaration of war on France, Great Britain immediately declared war on Germany.

With 33 countries involved, including Australia and New Zealand, sending more than 60 million of their countrymen to battle, World War 1 was responsible for death of 10 million soldiers.

“World War 1 changed the face of history and Flanders bore witness to some of the worst atrocities,” says Lea Winkeler, VISITFLANDERS project manager, The Great War Centenary.

“Australian and New Zealand forces fought in some of the most significant and bloodiest battles of the war. Many of those in were in the towns and fields surrounding the city of Ypres in what has become known as Flanders Fields. Today we remember and commemorate their incredible contribution and sacrifice.”

Australian and New Zealand forces entered the Flanders region in 1917 taking part in the battles of Messines including the recapture of Hill 60, the battle of Passchendaele and the third battle of Ypres. With the western front running directly through Belgium all the way to the Swiss border of France, the city of Ypres occupied a strategic position for both German and allied forces.

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