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War memorial unveils lost Gallipoli film


Tim

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Memorial uncovers a glimpse of life in Gallipoli trenches

CURATORS at the Australian War Memorial have uncovered rare footage of Gallipoli in 1915, buried for decades in their archives.

The grainy black-and-white footage depicts ANZAC Cove and hoards of British soldiers on the shores of Suvla Bay, chatting, shaving and leaning casually on their guns.

Some stand bemused with their arms folded, staring straight into the barrel of the camera — a novel contraption in an early era of filmmaking.

The release of the footage comes on the eve of Anzac Day, commemorating the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces in Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I.

The 45-second find has excited film curators who have only a small body of footage from the Gallipoli peninsula.

"Gallipoli is so important for Australians and so iconic, to be able to add even a short bit of film to what we have is significant because it offers a bit more insight — a bit more possibility for research," said the memorial's film and sound curator, Stephanie Boyle. "It's another way for us to connect to the Gallipoli experience."

The snippets are believed to have been filmed by British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, who was the only camera man in Gallipoli at the time, Ms Boyle said.

His reports of Gallipoli were central in establishing the legend of the Anzacs.

His 20-minute-film from Gallipoli, titled With the Dardanelles Expedition: Heroes of Gallipoli, served as a template for staged reconstructions in Australia that were made into war recruitment films.

The newly discovered footage was buried in a World War I compilation film purchased by the memorial from a private citizen in 1938.

Film can be viewed Here

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/mem...l?s_cid=rss_age

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Fascinating find.

Where was the last segment filmed I wonder - after the evecuation at Lemnos perhaps? I can't imagine all those men just waiting around, grouped so closely together if they were still on Gallipoli.

Cheers,

Tim L.

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Tim

From the dress-of-the-day of the troops in that segment, it would seem highly unlikely to have anything to do with the evacuation.

By December, and after the previous month's blizzard, there were probably few sun helmets and tropical rig being worn.

The so-called 'ónly reel'of film already held by the AWM shows several scenes taken during the August debacle in which the troops wear similar attire.

Jo

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Tim

According to the news I saw on TV yesterday, the segment was filmed at Suvla, presumably after the August landings.

Cheers

Gareth

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From the dress-of-the-day of the troops in that segment, it would seem highly unlikely to have anything to do with the evacuation.

By December, and after the previous month's blizzard, there were probably few sun helmets and tropical rig being worn.

Very good point! :D (He says, wishing he'd looked at the film a little more closely)

Cheers,

Tim L.

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