This year marks 100 years since one of the defining moments in Australian history- the Gallipoli landings. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the ABC will broadcast an extensive range of programming which will celebrate the heroic feats of our Anzac soldiers. We got the scoop on just a few of the many highlights of Australia Remembers, which is shaping up to be essential viewing for all who call this country home.
Australia’s Great War Horse celebrates the estimated 130,000 Australian horses that served throughout WWI. The successes made by our troops in the Great War would have been impossible without the ‘Walers’ as they were known, and this documentary sets out to celebrate their role in the war by telling the story of the horses’ colonial origins, their gallant service, and their shameful fate. Much loved Australian actor will similarly celebrate the story of his own family, with the program Why Anzac With Sam Neill. In this powerful documentary, Sam Neill uncovers forgotten truths that reveal the enduring myth of Anzac that still haunt our two countries’ histories.
Join Kate Aubusson for Lest We Forget What? as she travels from Australia to Gallipoli and across the Western Front in search of answers of what happened on the battlefields. It is a journey that will change what we think about the Anzac legend and ourselves. The Crater takes an in-depth look at the 1968 battles of Coral and Balmoral, which were the biggest engagements for Australian troops since WWII. The special follows soldier Brian Cleaver, a National Serviceman conscript whose number came out of the lottery barrel and who was sent to Vietnam to serve his country.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, to view the ABC’s full Australia Remembers coverage head to their website. And don’t forget to become part of the conversation at #AnzacABC.