Belgium

The memorials in historical perspective: Western Front - Campaigns & Battles 1916-1918.

See also Australian Remembrance Trail

1st Australian Tunnelling Company, Hill 60, Ieper (Ypres)

Hill 60 is a hillock 60 metres high formed from the spoil of a 19th century railway cutting. As the best observation point in the region, both sides fought fiercely for possession of Hill 60. The Germans were holding it in November 1916 when the 1st Tunnelling Company took over maintenance of the British mines underneath. Above and below ground the Australians fought to prevent the Germans from finding the galleries and mines.

Today, Hill 60 is an enclosed grassy area of craters, shell holes and mounds. The tunnellers' memorial of blue granite is by the side of the road, opposite the former Hill 60 museum.

5th Division Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke

The memorial obelisk crowns the Butte, the mound of a pre-1914 firing range, in Polygon Wood. During heavy fighting in September 1917, the 5th Division recaptured the wood. The Memorial looks over the Buttes New British Cemetery.

First Australian tunneling company memorial

1st Australian Tunnelling Company Memorial, Hill 60

5th Division Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke

5th Division Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke

Close up of 5th Division Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke

Close up of 5th Division Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke