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History: World War I

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Video: Gallipoli

Mark Lee And Mel Gibson deliver electrifying performances in Peter Weir's compelling story of friendship and adventure between two Australian soldiers in 1915. They cross continents and great oceans, climb the pyramids and walk through the ancient sands of Egypt to join their regiment at the fateful battle of Gallipoli. The echoes of history blend with the friends' compelling destiny as they become part of a legendary World War I confrontation between Australia and the German-allied Turks.

Production Year: 1981

Duration: 1:50:00

Video: An Accidental Soldier

On the Western Front in WWI, an Australian on the run finds unexpected love with a grieving farm wife who tries to protect him from the war that shattered both their lives.

Production Year: 2013

Duration: 1:31:41

Video: In Their Footsteps: Private George Hannaford - Western Front, WWI

Join Kristy on her first major overseas trip as she brings the missing pieces of her family's history back to life and tries to understand what it meant to serve amid the mud and mayhem of the Western Front; as she follows in her Great Grandfather Private George Hannaford's footsteps. Serving as a runner on the Western Front during World War I required courage, commitment and, if you were to survive, a significant amount of luck. After all, 60,000 Australians were left behind on the Great War's battlefields. George Hannaford certainly had courage - he was awarded the prestigious Military Medal for his extraordinary efforts running messages between the front line and commanders at the 1917 Battle of Polygon Wood.

Production Year: 2011

Duration: 43:01

Video: In Their Footsteps: Ronald and Ernest Cavalier - Gallipoli, WWI

Gallipoli is Australia's most commemorated battleground, etched deeply into the national psyche. It is also woven deeply into Josh Cavalier's family story; both his grandfather and great grandfather fought among those unforgiving beaches and cliffs. Now, Josh, a 30-year-old IT technician from Shepparton, VIC, will fully comprehend what they endured and why it has left such an imprint on his family and his country.

Production Year: 2011

Duration: 44:49

Video: ANZAC - The Lost Stories

60 Minutes reveals the untold stories that will change the lives of four Australian families:

  • The boy soldier, Jack Harris - our youngest soldier to fight and die at Gallipoli.
  • The kindergarten mates who stumbled across each other on the battlefield, one saving the other's life. Their story was secret until a life changing meeting by their descendants nearly 100 years later.
  • The secret diaries of an Australian nurse, and how their chance discovery leads her grandson to meet his family for the first time a century on.
  • The Aussie surgeon who incredibly fought for both the Turks - and the Australians.

These are the unknown stories of Australian sacrifice, service and mateship - the amazing lost stories of ANZAC.

Production Year: 2015

Duration: 56:11

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