By H.R. Williams
Arriving in France on 30 June 1916, the battalion entered front line trenches for the 1st time on 12 July and fought its first significant conflict at Fromelles per week later. The conflict was once a catastrophe, leading to heavy casualties around the department. regardless of those losses the fifth department endured to guy front within the Fromelles region for another months.
After a freezing wintry weather manning trenches within the Somme Valley, in early 1917 the 56th Battalion participated within the strengthen that the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. It was once spared the attack yet did, despite the fact that, guard earnings made in the course of the moment conflict of Bullecourt. Later within the 12 months, the AIF’s concentration of operations switched to the Ypres area in Belgium. The 56th’s significant conflict right here used to be at Polygon wooden on 26 September.
With the cave in of Russia in October 1917, an incredible German offensive at the Western entrance used to be anticipated in early 1918. This got here in past due March and the fifth department moved to safeguard the sphere round Corbie.
Once the German offensive have been defeated, the Allies introduced their very own offensive in August 1918. he 56th fought its final significant conflict of the warfare, St. Quentin Canal, among 29 September and a couple of October 1918. It was once resting out of the road while the Armistice used to be declared on eleven November.
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