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  1. Part one of six from this full length documentary.

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  3. Part three of six from this full length documentary.

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  7. The credits from this documentary.

Synopsis

This documentary tells the stories of the New Zealand soldiers who were part of the identity-defining Gallipoli campaign in World War I. In the ill-fated mission to take a piece of Turkish coastline, 2721 New Zealanders died with 4752 wounded. As part of research, every one of the then-surviving Gallipoli veterans living in New Zealand was interviewed, with 26 finally filmed. Shot at a barren, rocky Gallipoli before the advent of Anzac Day tourism, this important record screened on Easter Sunday 1984, and won a Feltex Award for Best Documentary.

Background

Military Advisor’s Perspective by Chris Pugsley 22.04.2009

I still pinch myself that I was involved in the TVNZ documentary Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story. A chance meeting with writer Maurice Shadbolt led to my becoming military adviser to the play Once on Chunuk Bair, which in turn ...

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 D.O.C. Williams
 Allan Martin

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Comments (12)

 Glen Adams

Glen Adams

A timely reminder of the futility of war. The war to end all wars. Unfortunately not so.

  Dr Allan Martin OBE

Dr Allan Martin OBE

As Producer of this film I am glad to note it is still viewed and can still move people. It was a privilege to recruit Lt General Sir Leonard Thornton to tell the story.He was a natural for the screen.I am also pleased we were able to record many veterans of Anzac before they finally departed. The film gained me the last Feltex award but I acknowledge the contributions of those shown in the credits

 oktay üçüncü

oktay üçüncü

I was the person in charge as a Turkish military officer with that group in Gallipoli during filming of this documentary. I would like to remind to Chris that one day while we were around hills of Anafartalar an earthquake happened. Just before that lots of frogs begun to scream.

 David Cade

David Cade | website

Thanks for posting this documentary. It gave a good account of what occurred as the tragedy unfolded.

 Toffeeman

Toffeeman

@Geoff: It might surprise you to know that there were "poms" fighting alongside the Wellington's on Chunuk Bair, namely the Gloucester's and Welsh Pioneers. Oh and there were plenty of "poms" in the NZ Expeditionary force too...
Great documentary and credit to all involved: those veterans were an amazing bunch of NZers.

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