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sFrom: Jeffrey Grey <J.Grey@ADFA.EDU.AU> Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 7:51:54 AM Subject: History and Film > Historical accuracy: I doubt that Gallipoli is much more > "inaccurate" than most war films, but I'm sure, since the > Australians know plenty about this battle, he got a good deal > of criticism. Particularly for showing the Australian troops > marauding through Cairo. But there's enough in the film to > present the main themes of the Australian view that their > troops were very brave and they were only defeated by British > ineptitude and not by a superior force. What could be more > money making than that? (And they were brave.) Two points in rejoinder: The marauding through Cairo happened - the Wazza riots of early 1915 (which, of course, were really started by the New Zealanders);-) The 'inept arrogant' officers are Australians - look at the uniforms (though you have to look very quickly). The brigade major who orders the subsequent waves to attack is actually John Macquarie Antill, an Australian who had served in the South African War and who was a divisive figure within the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. Weir was taken to task (including by me in the letters pages) for giving the *impression* that these were British officers when, in fact, it was our own butchering our own. Certainly, my undergraduate students were quite clear that the British were the baddies, even though there were no British officers actually involved at the tactical level. Fundamentally dishonest film making, in my opinion. Jeffrey Grey H&SS/ADFA Jeffrey Grey <J.Grey@ADFA.EDU.AU> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----