Mar 5

A WOODEN cross dedicated to hundreds of fallen World War I Australian diggers is about to make a historic return to the former battlefields of France.

Originally erected 90 years ago in a muddy field where the diggers fought an epic battle against the Germans, the cross was sent to Australia in the early 1930s.

Hundreds of Australian soldiers were killed or injured as they successfully reclaimed the key northern rural town of Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme on April 24 and 25, 1918.

And now as the village prepares to mark the 90th anniversary of the historic battle, the cross is heading back to France.

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