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"A VERY SHORT WAR" is a deeply personal story, exploring the ramifications of loss. It follows the short life of early Australian aviator, Cliff Carpenter, using his narrative as a template to speak for all lives senselessly lost in wartime conflict. The documentary climaxes in the skies over Oslo, Norway as two Messerschmitt Bf110's attack a RAF Sunderland Flying Boat. Nine airmen perish and one miraculously survives. The story is told through the eyes of Bill Young, the nephew Cliff would never know. Written by Bill Young

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Truly exceptional
15 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful and unique documentary. It gives a rare insight into how war can affect families over generations. I was moved as I watched the story unfold. As someone whose own family was affected by the war I was really able to connect with the story.

A Very Short War is interesting because it examines the impact on families, friends and communities not just during the war, but in the years afterwards right up until the present day.

This is a must see documentary for both those who remember and those younger generations who are yet to learn of the sacrifice so many made for us...


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