Following their baptism of fire at Gallipoli in 1915, the Australians arrived on the Western Front in spring 1916. A few months later came the Somme with 24,000 casualties and the tragic events of Fromelles. Then, these tough men, who had travelled so far, continued fighting in France in 1917, notably at Bullecourt, before moving to Ypres in Belgium and taking part in the capture of the Messines Ridge and the muddy hell of Passchendaele. used as shock troops, these men took part in all the battles of 1918 : The German spring offensive, then that of the Allies. The bond of friendship between France te Australia is still going strong.