The remains of Australian war dead are being uncovered by farmers in France and Belgium and immediately reburied to avoid red tape and delays - and there is nothing authorities can do about it.

The fields of Flanders and the Somme are littered with the remains of more than 10,800 Diggers from five Divisions of the First Australian Imperial Force, still listed as Missing in Action from the carnage of the Western Front from 1916 to 1918.

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