Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gallipoli

A moving and disturbing documentary about the Gallipoli campaign of WWI. In this months long battle of attrition, British, French and ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.) forces faced off against Turkish and German troops. The Turks were dug into trenches on the high ground and both sides suffered horrible casualties amidst appaling conditions. Gallipoli was the largest amphibious military operation ever attempted up to that time. It was also one of the most tragic failures experienced by the Allies during the war and was ultimately responsible for Winston Churchill losing his position as First Lord of the Admiralty.

This film was a joint Australian and Turkish production, so it does an excellent job of giving both sides of this story. This film is also available on Netflix here.

UPDATE:
The old links are broken unfortunately, but here is another Documentary about Gallipoli available on youTube (at least for now)