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5533 Casualties – “Fromelles” – Patrick Lindsay

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Anzac, Australian, Australiana, History, War, WW1

On the afternoon of 20 July, the battalions which had attacked the previous evening gathered near their divisional headquarters and their losses were chillingly clear. Each of the three Australian brigades lost more than 1700 men, either killed, wounded, missing or captured. In one terrifying night the Australians suffered a total of 5533 casualties – 178 officers and 5355 men. This was more than the combined total of all Australian losses in the Boer, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

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