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Remembering war, angrily: Australians ban British from battle commemoration

The Australians have banned British descendants from attending a ceremony for the dead at the Battle of Fromelles, of July 1916.

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The Australians have banned British descendants from attending a ceremony for the dead at the Battle of Fromelles, of July 1916.

In that battle the Australians suffered 5,000 casualties, with one battalion having only three survivors, all of them wounded.

“British military planning has been blamed for the heavy losses at the Battle of Fromelles,” the Australian stated in explanation.

Photo credit: Lance Corporal C.H. Lorking of the 53rd Battalion/Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial/Wikimedia Commons

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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