Map of Germany showing the Rhineland occupation zones created after World War I by the Treaty of Versailles. Belgium, Britain, France and the United States each had a zone in the Rhineland. In March 1936, Nazi Germany violated the treaty through re-occupying the Rhineland. However, it was the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany that ultimately resulted in World War II.

Part of the collection of World War I memorabilia donated by Sergeant John Lord (#6252), although it is believed that not all of the material relates to his own war service.

John Lord was 19 years old when he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces in June 1915. Originally part of the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, 11th Reinforcement; Lord was transferred to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance upon its formation in February 1916. He subsequently moved to the headquarters of the Assistant Director of Medical Services, 4th Division, in December 1918 where he seems to have spent the remainder of the war. Although listed as ‘effective abroad,’ Lord returned to Australia on 30 October 1919, and was discharged from service on 12 March 1920. He died in 1951.

Physical Description

Single sheet with hand-drawn solid and broken lines representing a map. Handwritten text in black. Brown staining on right side of sheet.

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