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Altogether well worth the coin and time to see if this is your forte of History.
Brits, Australians, New Zealanders, and Turks all heroically following orders to certain death.
This documentary is far from an effort to glamorize war, but listening to the positive impressions of the Turk soldier gives one a far different impression than T.E Lawrence presented in that era. No mention of the Turk's serial crimes against humanity in Armenia or Syria or even against his own enlisted men, only five percent of whom were literate; but, one could not expect those events to be worked into this fine documentary on a single campaign, a documentary which at times attempts a "feel good" atmosphere of honor between equally admirable enemies on the battlefield. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. As one of the soldiers present wrote home, "Better a mechanical smile than a worried face; worry does a man no good."
"Gallipoli" portrays for the first time in any depth the Turkish side of the 1915 debacle, showing the depth of feeling and commitment by the Ottoman army in defending their country from a hopelessly led coalition.
Both sides are shown in intimate detail including the hell of the trenches, the letters home, the hopeless conditions,the sickness, and the pathetic leadership of the English led allies. The courage and determination of the Turkish forces under Mustafa Kemal is detailed.
This fine (Turkish originated) documentary is the best so far of a fascinating episode of WW1 that could easily have changed the course of the war... and should have !!
* black/white photos of events that occurred there
* modern day video/photos of the location mixed with black/white photos of the same locations
* letters written by soldiers
* engaging, objective narration
* good historic storytelling
* re-enactments (not elaborate or showy, but enough to visually describe what happened there)
The music was a bit odd at times, but it was okay for the most part.
They also traced the lives of several soldiers from their civilian life through the end of the war.
I thought they did a very good job of describing the horrors that both sides experienced (with more attention given to Allied troops). It was also interesting to hear of some of the positive experiences, although they were few (e.g., when a temporary, short truce was declared so each side could bury their dead...each side had close non-combat contact during that time, which appeared to alter their opinions about each other).
Very well done.
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