Pozieres (9): of what was

Australian infantry watching the artillery bombardment of Pozieres.6192846.jpg

Australian infantry watching the artillery bombardment of Pozieres. Between 23 July and early September 1916, the 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions between them launched 19 attacks on German positions in and around the ruins of Pozieres. The Australians suffered 23,000 casualties while advancing two kilometres; British and Australian artillery were no match for German artillery and machine guns. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C194642

there are ruins
yet
to bomb

and we
are ruins
of what once was

we came
unconquerable

but somehow
we laid down
and died

maybe
we were reckless
I know
some might say
that’s so

yet we were not
the ones that ordered
we should go

ah well
there are ruins
left
to shell

and we
are ruins
of what was

~

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