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The Rock-itt : June 2011
the Australian 2 nd Division once again attacked the strong German positions; fortunately partially sheltered by a sunken road the trenches were once again taken and held. This battle was to last until the 15th May, when finally the Germans after numerous counter attacks chose to leave this section of their fortifications to the Australians and Bullecourt rem ained in Allied possession throughout the rem ainder of 1917. The entire advance cost the Australians over 7000 casualties for a doubtful prize of the flattened village of Bullecourt, a location of dubious strategic value. The tenacity and fighting spirit of the Australian troops was though of notable interest to the British High Command, as the strength of the German positions was considerable. Sadly, despite his promises, General Nivelle’s offensive was a complete failure and the German lines were not significantly altered at this stage in the Great War. Belts of barbed wir e in front of the Hindenburg Line Another angle of the undamaged bar bed wire outside Bullecourt