The 154 men of our focus group the 5th/22nd represent a fraction of the 8,000 men that served in the 22nd Battalion in the First World War. Here we follow the 22nd Battalion as a whole from their formation and the sailing of the first contingent in May 1915 to the end of the war and their return to Australia. In this section we will follow daily events as recorded in Unit Diaries and official records from the Australian War Memorial, plus Capt. Gorman’s history of the Battalion ‘With the Twenty-Second’. We will follow the men into many of the key battles that are engrained in Australian history including Gallipoli, Pozieres, Bullecourt, Ypres, the German Spring Offensive, and the taking of the Hindenburg Line.
1915: Sailing to Egypt; training; Gallipoli
1916: Training in Egypt; Bois-Grenier; the Somme 1916
1917: Somme winter; the German withdrawal; Bullecourt; Broodseinde & Ypres
1918: La Basse Ville; German Spring Offensive; Peaceful Penetration; 100 Days Offensive