Lest We Forget Our Trench Art

ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day has been celebrated annually in Australia on 25 April. since 1916. ANZAC Day commemorates the combined participation of all soldiers and those associated with the military forces throughout all wars since 1914 including its casualties, trials and tribulations.

As a consequence, when soldiers were assigned  duty overseas, they sometimes had time on their hands to make souvenirs or decorative articles to send back home.

Examples above were created during World War One (WW1) and  lent the name for this activity into “Trench Art” where items were made from brass shell cases and other sources or raw material.

(The above items are on view at Anzac House, Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia).

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