Skip to comments.Rare footage of WWI Gallipoli battle unearthed
Posted on 04/18/2007 10:35:57 PM PDT by george76
The Australian War Memorial has unearthed what it believes is the only footage of Anzac Cove during the Gallipoli battle of World War One, an iconic event in Australian history which is commemorated each year on Anzac Day.
The one-minute grainy black and white film, which shows the shoreline at Anzac Cove and British soldiers massing at Suvla Bay, was shot in 1915 during the pioneering era of film.
The footage pans across Anzac Cove from a position on the southern headland, showing a clutter of jetties and stores being unloaded.
"Because we have so little authentic footage, everything we can add to this counts as a major discovery, a new possibility for study,"
The Anzac Cove footage is believed to have been shot by British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, whose report of the Gallipoli landings was the first to reach Australia.
Ashmead-Bartlett produced a 20-minute film "With the Dardanelles Expedition: Heroes of Gallipoli" -- the only known movie footage shot on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 and shows the first genuine vision of troops in action in trenches.
(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...
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I’d like to see that.....hopefully a vid on the net will appear.
that was meant for you george76
Lost films are amazingly interesting. So many iconic images are simple worn away. A lot of known, but not seen, items from before the mid 30’s are mostly gone, with the occasional found item. Hitchcock’s first movie, lost except for a few promotional frames.
It is always fun for me to see old ( lost ) found films.
Very possible as the AWM does have a lot of digitised stuff available.
May the Pommy Officers who failed to synchronize their watches rot in hell for eternity.
Have you read “Redemption” by Leon Uris? The Gallipoli section describes a living hell in that place.
Cool! Bump for later after work!
Good job. I will watch at the house.
Yes, but it is absolutely vital to the survival of civilization for copyright to last for almost a century. /sarcasm
Large archive of old newsreels and public service films along with some old home movies. WW1 Signal corps, hwow to run a movie projector. Fascinating. (at least to me!)
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Thanks. I was surprised of how good the film is after all these years.
Copyright used to be 28 years. Would have sufficed to probably save many of those films. I don't lament the loss of films they've allowed to turn into dust. They brought it on themselves.
The ANZAC Dedication: For the Fallen
by Laurence Binyon
They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
In our local newspaper as the obituary column is read, the local Canadian Legion puts this beautiful tribute at the end of each members announcement.
It might be explained that Winston Churchill took the flak for the failed expedition. A brilliant idea of course. How they continued when the object of it was clearly impossible, I have not studied. The Russians were said to have a squad of ten men and only one had a repeating rifle. Had a passage way been forced to Russia, a million rifles and fifty rounds each, could have been shipped over land. The ill equipped Russians finally met with a terrible defeat at Tannenburg. It is claimed men having to take a rifle from a comrade's dead body.
Changing the subject, I believe the victory has been re-enacted to commemorate the American victory over Mexico at San Jacinto. Fannin avenged.
What an unfortunate turn of history for the entire human race.
The ill equipped Russians had met with a terrible defeat at Tannenburg
The Russians tried again and again after that battle in 1914. manpower they had, huge resources in men. Yes,I catch your train of thought. How many ifs are there to this day. The world still paying for the corporal, dispatch runner, holder of the iron cross. Later the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler.