Alex, Belle and Allie stand in a field of wheat on the battlefield of Bullecourt. Soldiers on the Western Front likened their attacks on fortified trenches to wheat being cut down. Opposite page: ANU students visit the Australian National Memorial and Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre at Villers-Bretonneux.

Travel journal - lessons from the front

ANU history students journeyed through the battlefields of World War I to better understand how they inform the Australian identity. Alessandra Kelly writes.