To the northeast of Ypres stands a dark and forbidding woodland, formerly an equestrian centre and rifle range that became a ferocious battlefield in the September of 1917. Known as Polygon Wood, the shell-ravaged landscape was captured in bitter fighting by men of the 5th Australian Division.
In this podcast, we look at the events of the 26/27th of September and hear the personal stories of some of the men who died in capturing this vital woodland. We hear about two VC winners who displayed reckless bravery to ensure that the advance moved on; meet once again Albert Jacka VC MC and Bar one of the great Australian characters of WW1 and visit some of the sites that remain, including Scotts Post and Black Watch Corner.
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