Both Sides of the Wire: The Memoir of an Australian Officer Captured during the Great War

Both Sides of the Wire: The Memoir of an Australian Officer Captured during the Great War

Both Sides of the Wire: The Memoir of an Australian Officer Captured during the Great War

Both Sides of the Wire: The Memoir of an Australian Officer Captured during the Great War

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Captain William Ambrose Cull, 22nd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF), was taken prisoner on the Western Front early on the morning of 26 February 1917. A veteran of the Gallipoli campaign and the fighting at Pozières on the Somme, Cull was seriously wounded in the hip by fragments of a German hand grenade as he led his company during a brigade attack on Malt Trench—a formidable German stronghold just outside of the French village of Le Barque, which was well protected by thick belts of barbed wire, machine guns, and a garrison of well-trained and experienced German troops.

It was vital for attacks like these to be made with the assistance of large amounts of artillery that would cut paths . . .

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