Anzacs (1985)

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Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I which follows them from the 1915 battle of Galipoli, to ... See full summary »

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Andrew Clarke ...
 Capt. Martin Barrington / ... (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Cpl. Pat Cleary / ... (6 episodes, 1985)
Jon Blake ...
 Capt. Flanagan / ... (6 episodes, 1985)
Megan Williams ...
 Sister Kate Baker (6 episodes, 1985)
Christopher Cummins ...
 Pte. Roly Collins (5 episodes, 1985)
Jonathan Sweet ...
 Pte. Bill Harris / ... (5 episodes, 1985)
Ilona Rodgers ...
 Lady Thea Barrington (5 episodes, 1985)
David Bradshaw ...
 Keith Murdoch (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Rev. George Lonsdale (5 episodes, 1985)
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 Lt. Harold Armstrong / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
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 Sgt. 'Kaiser' Schmidt / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
Alec Wilson ...
 Pte. 'Pudden' Parsons (4 episodes, 1985)
Peter Finlay ...
 Cpl. 'Bluey' / ... (4 episodes, 1985)
Elaine Lee ...
 Madame (4 episodes, 1985)
Leah Steventon ...
 Marie (4 episodes, 1985)
Sheila Kennelly ...
 Mrs. Baker (4 episodes, 1985)
David Allardice ...
 Pianist (4 episodes, 1985)
Patrick Ward ...
 Sgt. Tom McArthur (3 episodes, 1985)
Jim Holt ...
 Pte. 'Dingo' Gordon (3 episodes, 1985)
Rhys McConnochie ...
 David Lloyd George (3 episodes, 1985)
David Lynch ...
 Max Earnshaw / ... (3 episodes, 1985)
Noel Trevarthen ...
 Field Marshall Haig / ... (3 episodes, 1985)
Vincent Ball ...
 Sir Rupert Barrington (3 episodes, 1985)
Michael Adams ...
 Gen. Kiggell (3 episodes, 1985)
Howard Bell ...
 Hon. Cyril Earnshaw (3 episodes, 1985)
Diana Greentree ...
 Mrs. Collins (3 episodes, 1985)
Bill Kerr ...
 Gen. Monash / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Mark Hembrow ...
 Dick Baker / ... (2 episodes, 1985)
Nick Waters ...
 Pte. 'Huddo' Hudson (2 episodes, 1985)
Edmund Pegge ...
 Capt. Young (2 episodes, 1985)
Peter Stratford ...
 Sir Maurice Hankey (2 episodes, 1985)
Vivean Gray ...
 Matron (2 episodes, 1985)
Francis Bell ...
 'Pompey' Elliott (2 episodes, 1985)
Meradith Rodgers ...
 Nurse Purvis (2 episodes, 1985)
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Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I which follows them from the 1915 battle of Galipoli, to the brutal trenches of France during the 1916 Somme battles, the 1917 Arias and Vimy Ridge battles to the final 1918 German offensives and the final victory drive as well as the hardships, mid-adventures and the casualties of friends encounted at each one. Written by Anonymous

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Anzacs: The War Down Under  »

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Pvt. Roly Collins: What's going on, Pat?
Pvt. Pat Cleary: [sarcastically] It's the great war - it's in all the papers.
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Excellent mini-series
5 September 2002 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

I refer in these comments to the full 3-video mini-series, not the truncated version or film produced for the American market.

In general, a well-produced and directed series which, with a few minor exceptions is probably as close to the true horror and carnage of the First World War as it is possible to get. Most of the minor errors can be explained by the requirements of plotting or pure visual effect and, in my opinion do not seriously detract from the overall truth of the subject matter.

It should be remembered that this series was produced for the Australians, whose culture and memory is very different to that of the Americans who seem to have a collective down on this video/film. Perhaps if our North American cousins had come into the war several years earlier and suffered the casualties the Empire did they might have a different view of the series.

The feeling throughout the series is of the AIF being abused and butchered by the incompetent British generals - and as a military historian I cannot say the series is wrong. However, other than one short scene, the series does not highlight the fact that the British were suffering just as much under their own generals.

All in all I would say the viewer would get a much better idea of what the AIF and World War I was about by seeing this mini series than by viewing Gallipoli, which is generally thought to be historically weak.

I would recommend the mini series but not the film or truncated North American video release.


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