Centenary of the Great War

By David Dial
April 10 2018 - 6:00pm
DAPPER: A member of the Australian Flying Corps poses between aerial sorties against the Germans. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.
DAPPER: A member of the Australian Flying Corps poses between aerial sorties against the Germans. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for April 8-14, 1918.

THE AUSTRALIANS

The German attack upon a front extending northward of Tuesday's fighting includes the Messines and Wytschaete sector, where the Australians were sent in the winter to strengthen the defences. They put in a prodigious amount of work, and were convinced that they had made the sector one of the tidiest on the front. Frequent Australian raids kept the enemy on tenter-hooks. The Australians were certain that if the Germans were foolish enough to attempt to attack from their low position, they would give their attackers a terrible reception, but the conditions have changed during the past three weeks. The Australians evacuated the sector to take with the New Zealanders a more active share in the immediate fighting, where the pressure is greatest. Doubtless the Germans will be compelled to pay heavily for the recapture of the high ground near Messines, which is almost sacred ground to the New Zealanders and Australians.

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