The attack at Fromelles is significant for a number of reasons. It was the Australians’ first major operation on the Western Front and pitted them against a part of the German line that was an object lesson in the sitting of a defence. The objectives and the tactics employed to achieve them were changed several times and the sufficiency of resources vigorously debated. After the war, the British and Australian Official Historians argued as to how the battle should be interpreted. Most of the correspondence that accompanied their exchange of drafts has not been published and makes compelling reading.
FROMELLES French Flanders
This excellent series continues with a volume on the bloody battle of Fromelles, a battle neglected by comparison to the monumental clashes at Ypres and the Somme, but an action of singular resonance for the Australian involvement in the Great War, and no less for the savage mauling of a British Midland Territorial division.