CTS was recently approached by the Pozieres Remembrance Association, to freight more than 7000 timber crosses and knitted poppies to France to commemorate a huge battle in WW1, where thousands of Aussie soldiers died.
It‘s the 100 year anniversary this year.
Between us a and a few close partners, we kicked in financially and operationally to make this a no cost exercise to them, and we are all proud to have done so.
In 1916, WW1, the surviving diggers of Gallipoli joined new Australian recruits in Egypt for trench warfare training and were subsequently divided into the 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions and were thrown into battle in a village called Pozieres, France.
The Village of Pozieres was critical to the advance of Commonwealth Forces in the summer of 1916. The Village stood on the highest ground, was on the main road and
the train line to the north which ran through the edge of the Village. The recapture of the Village was in fact critical to the success of the Battle of the Somme.
On the 1st of July 1916, the Village was the primary target for the Commonwealth Forces. Due to fierce resistance from the deeply entrenched Germans they
failed to achieve this objective, and the task was given to the 1st Division AIF on the 21st July. We attacked at 12.15am on the 23rd July, and our Forces wrote their names into history.
Pozieres is the greatest loss of life in Battle ever experienced by Australia.
In the six weeks of the Battle, the 1st 2nd and 4th Divisions were shattered, losing 7000 Men killed and 16000 wounded. Again, a lot of these Men were the survivors of Gallipoli.
While many of the battles in the Battle of the Somme achieved very little recovering only metres of ground from the Germans, the Australian Forces succeeded in
liberating 1 square kilometre in the six weeks, a massive achievement.
As an indication of the impact on Australia, 1 in every 8 of the Men that were killed in WW1 died in those six weeks at Pozieres.
The actual correct figures will never be known, as many of the survivors were shell shocked in combination with their wounds and their life expectancy was greatly reduced.
Many committed suicide after returning to Australia
The Soldiers were subject to an unrelenting hail of artillery shells which did not stop for those six weeks, and as a result of that barrage 4112 of these Men were never found or identified after the Battle, and still lie in the fields of Pozieres.
This means that the Village of Pozieres is actually Australia‘s largest Military Cemetery. The official Australian historian Charles Bean described Pozieres as being "more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other spot on earth", yet many Australians are unaware of the tremendous sacrifice made by these three Australian Divisions.
AND THERE ARE NO CROSSES THERE.
Thanks to the Pozieres Remembrance Association, 2016 will be the first time ever that EVERY man that died in the Battle will have a cross placed in the fields where they fell and it will be the very first time that 4112 of these Men will have ever had a cross placed for them.
For this reason we were glad to pitch in and help these guys out. It‘s a significant historical event for our country that deserves serious recognition.
You can see more on their website; http://www.pozieresremembered.com.au/LIST ALL NEWS ARTICLES