The Great War in Great Outlines

Image: Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917. The leading soldier is Gunner James Fulton and the second soldier is Lieutenant Anthony Devine. The men belong to a battery of the 10th Field Artillery Brigade.  Source: By Frank Hurley - This image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: E01220

Image: Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October 1917. The leading soldier is Gunner James Fulton and the second soldier is Lieutenant Anthony Devine. The men belong to a battery of the 10th Field Artillery Brigade.
Source: By Frank Hurley – This image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: E01220

Something new for the New Year this year.  The Australian Army Flying Museum (Oakey) working with Toowoomba Regional Council are proudly hosting an exhibition for the Belgium Embassy this January, ‘The Great War in Great Outlines’.

“To commemorate the centennial of the first world war, the Belgian embassy in Canberra is organizing a touring exhibition in Australia. The exhibition named “the great war in broad outlines” retraces the history of the Great War over 30 illustrated panels, detailing decisive moments and important battles, as well as exploring specific themes such as propaganda.

H.E. Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium stated “Thousands of Australians travel each year to the Western Front to pay their respect to their ancestors and fellow countrymen, those who fought for peace and who unfortunately fell in immense numbers in the muddy battlefields of Belgium on the other side of the world. Their sacrifice is one that we can never repay”.

With this timely exhibition, the embassy hopes to celebrate the memory of the Australian soldiers fallen on Belgian soil and bring their stories out to different communities.

The 12 locations where the exhibition will be displayed have been chosen as large regional centers with strong connections to Belgium forged during the war. In Toowoomba, the exhibition will be displayed at the Australian Army Flying Museum from 12 January to 29 January.

“Belgium is very committed to the commemoration of the Centenary of WWI and I am personally convinced that this particular project represents a great opportunity to commemorate once more our common history and keep the spirit of the ANZAC alive.”, Jean-Luc Bodson added.”

This looks like it’ll be a wonderful exhibition. For more details contact Toowoomba Regional Council or the Australian Army Flying Museum.

That’s all from me this week.

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