Lost diggers of Fromelles
April 25th 2011
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Australian TV special Lost Diggers of Fromelles will be televised on Anzac Day:
This is the exclusive, behind-the-scenes story of the largest excavation of World War I dead in modern times.
The Battle of Fromelles on July 19, 1916, is the worst 24 hours in Australian military history. In just one night, over 5000 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing – a disaster which should have never happened. In an astonishing recent discovery, 250 soldiers from the battle – mostly Australian – were found in unmarked mass graves in northern France. Nearly a century after the diggers sacrificed their lives, families wait in hope for their missing dead to be found and identified. A thrilling detective trail across Australia and Europe reveals in forensic detail the truth behind the Battle of Fromelles, one of the most controversial actions of World War I.