5th Australian Division Y.M.C.A. with wounded (1918)
- 5th Australian Division Y.M.C.A. with wounded (1918)
This lantern slide, “5th Australian Division Y.M.C.A with wounded (1918),” shows a group of twelve or so soldiers standing in the trenches around two soldiers lying on stretchers. Two Y.M.C.A war workers tend to the wounded soldiers.This slide was likely taken when the 5th Division returned to action in late March as the German Spring offensive began to threaten the vital rail hub of Amiens in France. The German assault on April 24 succeeded in capturing the town and neighboring woods, but that same night the 15th Brigade along with British allies recaptured the area, marking the end of the German advance toward Amiens.
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
- Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Lantern Slide Collection
World War, 1914-1918
International Young Men's Christian Association
Wounds & injuries
- 3.25x3.25 in
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The 5th Division was a part of the Australian Army’s infantry and was formed in February 1916 as part of the expansion of the Australian Imperial Force infantry brigades. During World War I, the Australian Y.M.C.A. ran soldiers’ clubs, etc., in Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere. They also pooled their resources with the United States, Canada, England, and New Zealand to form the International Hospitality League, which provided social services to all Allied troops. This slide is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
The center of the image is damaged and obscures part of the picture; The right side shows some discoloration; Writing on the frame of the lantern slide says: Grecourt Place du Somme 1918. 5th Aust. Div. YMCA with wounded;
Part of the Australian Y.M.C.A. WWI Lantern Slide Series