The Western Front Today - Australian Memorial, Pozieres Mill

The Australian Memorial at Pozieres Mill marks the spot where a windmill stood during the First World War and which marked the highest point of the bitterly contested Pozieres Ridge.

During July and August 1916 the British Commander-in-Chief Sir Douglas Haig launched numerous attacks against Pozieres Ridge in which Australian 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions featured.  It finally fell on 4 August.

From the mound at the memorial can be seen ruined remnants of the old windmill.

Directly across the busy main road (the Albert-Bapaume road) from the Pozieres Mill Memorial is the Tank Corps Memorial marking the first use of the tank in battle at Flers-Courcelette on 15 September 1916.  Also nearby is the related Courcelette Canadian Memorial.

Before Endeavours Fade, Rose E.B. Coombs, After the Battle 1994
Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide - Somme, Leo Cooper 2000

A bunker comprised a fortification largely built below ground level.

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