Troops from Down Under at Bastille Day

Clockwise from above: Maori soldiers, Australian troops and Alphajet aircraft from French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday. Troops from Au
Maori soldiers taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
Clockwise from above: Maori soldiers, Australian troops and Alphajet aircraft from French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday. Troops from Au
Australian troops taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
Clockwise from above: Maori soldiers, Australian troops and Alphajet aircraft from French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday. Troops from Au
Alphajet aircraft from French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

Maori soldiers, Australian troops and Alphajet aircraft from French elite acrobatic flying team Patrouille de France taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris yesterday. Troops from Australia and New Zealand were guests of honour at this year's parade in recognition of their sacrifice in the Battle of Somme, one of World War I's bloodiest battles 100 years ago. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps suffered more than 30,000 casualties in the battle, and their sacrifice remains deeply etched in the collective memory of the two countries. With France still on high alert for terror attacks, the parade took place under tight security, both on the ground and in the air.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'Troops from Down Under at Bastille Day'. Print Edition | Subscribe