The Anzacs at Gallipoli
Extract from Cavalcade of Australia: 1901–1951 (1951)
On 25 April 1915 during the First World War, Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed at what is now called Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula. By that evening 2000 of them had been killed or wounded. The Gallipoli campaign, which lasted nine months, was a military failure. But the Australian soldiers’ behaviour — bravery, ingenuity, endurance and mateship — are now thought of as defining aspects of the Australian character.
Scenes from a documentary which uses archival film to highlight and illustrate the main events that occurred in the history of Australia in the fifty years following Federation. On the celebration of Australia's Jubilee as a Commonwealth, Australian film production organisations, both governmental and commercial, made archival material from their libraries available for this film.
NFSA: 1396113 Documentary courtesy National Film and Sound Archive
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