Friday, March 20, 2015

The First Anzac Day film trailer

The 10th Battalion was the first infantry battalion raised in South Australia for service during The Great War, they were at the head of the covering force for the Anzac Cove (near Gaba Tepe) landing and amongst the first ashore, they fought in many of the worst battles of the Western Front. During the early days of the war the battalion became known as 'The Fighting 10th'.

In the darkness and chaos of the landing two 10th Battalion scouts, Arthur Blackburn and Philip Robin, made it across the peninsula to their unit’s objective Scrubby Knoll. No allied soldier would set foot there again during the entire campaign.

Meanwhile Australians were finding ways to raise funds, care for the wounded and honour the dead. On the 13th of October 1915 South Australia's Eight Hour Day was renamed Anzac Day. A huge procession was held that included wounded veterans and 5000 AIF soldiers. Proceeds from the day’s events were donated to the Wounded Soldiers Fund. In an effort to attract a big crowd a number of sports and novelty events were held on Adelaide Oval after the procession. The day culminated with two obsolete horse drawn trams being crashed into each other and exploded in front of a crowd of 20,000.
This 66 minute film follows the formation of the 10th Battalion, what became of the scouts and explores The First Anzac Day.

DVD extras (28 mins) 
1) Arthur Blackburn V.C.
2) John Gordon M.C.
3)Dardanelles Cenotaph (the first ANZAC memorial in the Commonwealth )
4) The Trams and the Lost Film of 'The First Anzac Day'

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Watch the trailer 
The First Anzac Day was produced with the support of the
ANZAC Day Commemoration Fund.

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