Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA

Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues; Youth; Asian Engagement

    Film screens in Yagan Square to remember WWI 100-day offensive

    8/08/2018 1:15 PM
     
    • Powerful images place spotlight on sacrifice of Western Australians during Great War
    • 100-day offensive took a devastating toll on Australian soldiers
    • Three Western Australians were awarded a Victoria Cross for their part in the campaign

    A short film will screen on the Digital Tower at Yagan Square from today until August 13 to commemorate the centenary of the Hundred Days Offensive, which led to the Armistice and ultimately the end of the First World War.

     

    The film uses powerful real footage from the First World War, also known as the Great War, to capture life in the trenches. The Australian Army Corps played a critical role in the rapid series of Allied victories, collectively known as the Hundred Days Offensive.

     

    The offensive began with the Battle of Amiens on August 8, 1918. Australian battalions from every State then fought at Mont St Quentin and Peronne. Australians fought their last battle of the Great War at Montbrehain on October 5, 1918.


    Australian soldiers advanced 60 kilometres in 60 days during the offensive. During this time, they liberated 116 towns and villages and effectively pushed the Germans out of France.

     

    But the effort took a devastating personal toll. A total of 3,566 Australians were killed or died of wounds following the Hundred Days Offensive.

     

    The short film also acknowledges the three Western Australians who received the Victoria Cross, Australia's highest honour, for their acts of gallantry in the campaign.

     

    They were Lieutenant Alfred Gaby, of Katanning (posthumous) 26; Lieutenant Lawrence McCarthy, of York also 26; and Private James Woods of Katanning, 32.

     

    Prominent Western Australian architect and citizen soldier General Sir Joseph J Talbot Hobbs was also of vital importance in the offensive. He commanded the 5th division which played a crucial role at Amiens, Peronne and during the final assault on the Hindenberg Line.

     

    Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:

     

    "It is important to remember the sacrifice Western Australian soldiers made as part of the war effort.

     

    "The Hundred Days Offensive was the start of the end for the German Army. For the first and only time, Australia played a significant role in defeating the main enemy in the main theatre of war.

     

    "I encourage anyone who is able to stop by Yagan Square between August 8-13 to watch this inspiring and moving short film.

     

    "The film may also be seen online at https://communities.canto.com/s/GV40M."

     

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