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WWI: Start of Battle of Fromelles

19th July 1916

The Battle of Fromelles took place from July 19-20, 1916, during World War I. The action was intended partly as a diversion from the Battle of the Somme that was taking place about 80 kilometres (50 mi) to the south. The operation, carried out midway between the British-occupied village of Fleurbaix and that of Fromelles behind the German lines, sought to retake a salient just north of the latter, situated at about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from the city of Lille.

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Fromelles 1916
(Hardback - 256 pages)
by Michael Senior

'...this book is much more than the local chronicle of a grievous period on our history. For those who, so many years later, find it difficult to comprehend the vast scale of human sacrifice between 1914 and 1918, here it is in microcosm.' - John Craven, Broadcaster.
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