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The Rock-itt : October 2010
OUR DIGGERS IN THE GREAT WAR OUR DIGGERS IN THE GREAT WAR OUR DIGGERS IN THE GREAT WAR OUR DIGGERS IN THE GREAT WAR by Simon Lyon As the Battle of the Somme dragged on, the Australian Imperial Force, still depleted from its losses at Pozieres were thrown into an attack on Mouquet Farm, a strongly fortified German position On the 5th August 1916, with the Somme battle a month old, battle weary Aussie soldiers were ordered to take the next strongpoint on the ridge behind Pozieres that led to the Thiepval escarpment. The Germans had dug numerous deep tunnels under this farm, which became known to the Australians as "Mucky Farm" or "Moo Cow Farm". In a style of warfare that was becoming standard for these soldiers, the heavy bombardment and hand to hand fighting in confined spaces led to numerous casualties on both sides. The Australians suffered 6,300 in the space of a month's fierce fighting and were finally relieved on the 5th September; the position was finally overrun by Allied troops on the 27th September 1916 as part of the original objective, the fortified village of Thiepval village. Mouquet Farm, as it is today 94 years after the battle Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval Village, seen from below the ridge. Notice the emotive Poppies growing in the field, a symbol that has become synonymous with the blood of fallen soldiers. There are over 73,000 names on this memorial including Australian soldiers whose bodies were never found. Memorial to the Diggers at Mouquet Farm