Commemorating the sacrifice of all serving Australians at war


AS THE centenary of the First World War pass by we look back at the events of 1917 and see, with the benefit of hindsight, the impact those events had on the war and in some cases the future.

In 1917 we can see the tide of fortune slowly turning in the direction of the Allies although this was marked by some of the bloodiest combat of the war for the Australian divisions who were by now in the thick of it.

On April 6, 1917 the USA declared war on Germany and from that moment, the final outcome was only in doubt as to ‘when’.

But many more were to die before that was achieved.

In October the Battle of Passchendaele took place, near a small Belgian village whose name has become synonymous with death.

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ON A positive note, in October 1917 the Battle of Beersheba took place with the Australian Light Horse carrying out the last great cavalry charge ever against Turkish infantry and effectively leading to the end of the war in the Middle East.

Whatever was happening in Europe or the Middle East, one can argue that the really cataclysmic event of 1917 was the Russian Revolution.

This had been simmering for years but began to ferment in earnest in 1916.

In February 1917, the Czar abdicated and in October the Bolsheviks took over.

Russia withdrew from the war and the rest, as they say, is history.

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THE COMBINED Anzac Eve Memorial Service will be held in the Hunters Hill Town Hall on Friday April 21 and I invite everyone to join the march which steps out from the Sub-Branch RSL Hall, corner Ady & Alexandra Streets to the Town Hall for the commencement of the service to commemorate the sacrifice of all Australians who served our country.

ROD STEWART is President of Hunters Hill RSL Sub Branch