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AUS SG4711a Centenary of WWI: 1917 self-adhesive booklet (SB571) pane

Australian Stamps SG4711a Centenary of WWI: 1917 self-adhesive booklet (SB571) pane
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2017 Centenary of WWI: 1917 self-adhesive booklet (SB571) pane

This stamp issue was the fourth in a five-year series commemorating World War I. It represents some of the main events of 1917, most notably the Third Battle of Ypres were 38,000 Australian lives were lost. The Australian Flying Corps made its first flights over France in 1917, the war in the air expanding from the Middle East to the Western Front. In the east in 1917, Australia's mounted forces, which had already secured the Suez Canal, participated in the advance into Palestine, fighting in actions at Gaza, Beersheba and Jerusalem.

This stamp issue also represents aspects that shaped Australias broader contribution to the war. Bitter weather and incessant rains in Europe turned battlefields into lakes of mud, and soldiers suffered terribly from fungal trench foot and freezing conditions. On the home front, an army of women and care agencies, such as the Red Cross and the Comforts Fund, knitted, sewed, fundraised and packaged goods to support the troops.
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