23-minute DVD movie looking at the origins and significance of one of Australia's most important national institutions.

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Why Anzac Day? tells the story of how the young nation of Australia was swept into World War One, and how remembering the suffering and sacrifices of that terrible conflict became an important part of Australian national life.

Your students will learn about the origins of Anzac Day, including:

• The outbreak of war
• The rush of young Australians to enlist in 'the great adventure'
• The formation of the ANZACs
• The voyage to Egypt
• Training for war
• The reasons for the Gallipoli campaign
• The landing at Anzac Cove
• The bloody battles at Gallipoli, including Lone Pine and The Nek
• Hardships of life in the trenches
• The vital work of Australian nurses
• The evacuation of Gallipoli
• The fierce fighting on the Western Front
• The exploits of Australian troops in the Middle East
• The bitter struggle over conscription
• Life on the home front

These momentous events are brought to life using historic film, photographs and paintings, as well as quotes from eye-witnesses.

Why Anzac Day? also follows the development of Anzac Day commemorations, from the darkest days of World War One through to the present day, with a young generation of Australians marching side by side with those who served in war.

 

 

 

 

Why Anzac Day?

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