Sunday, November 11, 2007

The day the guns fell silent

 

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month 1918, the guns finally fell silent to mark the end of the First World War.

It was a conflict that involved Australian forces and resulted in almost 60,000 killed and 153,000 wounded, most in the battlefields of northern France and Belgium. It is hard today for us to imagine the shocking conditions and strain that these men went through in the defence of their allies. Sadly, apart from Gallipoli, we don't seem to truly provide such men with the recognition for their sacrifice that they deserve.

On this Remembrance Day we encourage you to stop and remember these men and all those who have died for their country in the vain hope that their conflict will be the war to end all wars. For those interested in the contribution of our troops during World War One in Europe, please see our web site at http://www.ciaops.com/guides/battle.

Lest We Forget.