There are a number of new programs available to coincide with Anzac Day 2013, as well as EnhanceTV's vast archive of previously screened programs. In The ANZAC Spirit, premiering on The History Channel, Neil Pigot tells six stories of the ANZACs through the resources of the Australian War Memorial, photographs, documents and objects.
Desert War is an exciting, insightful and subtly revisionist account of one of the most celebrated campaigns of the Second World War. Centred on the siege of Tobruk and the battle for El Alamein, this 2-part series peels back the official history to reveal jaw-dropping personal stories from the front lines, brought to life in searing drama documentary footage. There is a study guide available for this series.
ABC1 will broadcast The Gallipoli Dawn Service, the Villiers-Bretonneux Memorial Service and the Lone Pine Service from Gallipoli.
Some of the following programs will be re-broadcast from Saturday 20 April, 2013, all are currently available for purchase from the EnhanceTV archive.
Gallipoli from Above: The Untold Story is the true story of how a team of Australian officers used aerial intelligence, emerging technology and innovative tactics to plan the landing at Anzac Cove. There is a study guide to available for this program.
Kokoda - Papua New Guinea 1942. The battle of the track has begun. A fearsome force of Japanese fighters land on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea to seize Port Moresby and invade Australia. There is a study guide available for this feature film.
Remembering Timor tells the story of Sister Susan Connelly's bid to have East Timor officially honoured for its wartime assistance to Australia. Sister Susan is a Josephite nun based in Sydney's western suburbs. Since 1994 she and other members of the Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission have been supporting the people of this struggling new nation.
Widows of War - Anzac Day is a time to commemorate the men and women who fought and died; the battles won and lost. But there's another story rarely told, about the women who waited at home, and were left bereft and alone. Around 100, 000 Australian women are classified as 'war widows'. Many lost their husbands in wartime; others in war related circumstances afterwards.
Cronulla to Kokoda - In December 2005, riots broke out at Sydney's Cronulla Beach. Racial tension turned to disturbing scenes of mob violence - police and ambulance officers were attacked, people were bashed in the street, cars were vandalised, shop windows were smashed. From as far as the other side of the world, this was an Australia people weren't used to seeing. At the height of the riots Ali Ammar, a 16-year-old Muslim-Australian boy, climbed atop an RSL Club and tore the Australian flag down from its pole, throwing it to his mates, who then spat on it before setting it ablaze.
The Forgotten examines the prejudice faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers in the armed forces and the honour they felt representing their nation.
The Bombing of Darwin - On 19 February 1942 the same Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor struck Darwin, dropping more bombs, killing more civilians and sinking more ships. On the 70th anniversary of the Darwin bombing the History Channel presents an exclusive and world premiere on Australia's first "physical contact with the war". In examining the events of 19 February 1942 we ask why the government kept the attack a dark secret and why the Australian military was totally unprepared for this major attack. There is a study guide to accompany this program.
Kapyong and accompanying study guide focuses on an unknown battle in an unknown war that changed the course of modern history. Kapyong River South Korea, Anzac Day 1951: In total darkness, individual is pitted against individual in a struggle between a superpower and a cluster of other nations from across the world. They fought for a valley, the ancient and traditional invasion route to Seoul. If it had fallen, the southern capital and the war were lost.
Beneath Hill 60 - By 1916 the Great War in Europe has reached a stalemate. The two massive armies have fought themselves to a standstill. Millions of lives have already been lost. Brendan Cowell leads a superb ensemble cast as mining engineer Oliver Woodward, who returns to Australia from Papua to join a secret Australian Tunnelling Company. Miners from all over the country are given just two weeks military training before being sent the Western Front. Their task is to undermine the German Lines. There is a study guide available for this film.
'All the Way with LBJ' was a slogan that came to haunt the Australian Government after it hitched its wagon to America during the Vietnam War. Taking its name from a part of this catchcry, this frank and poignant documentary shows the war, which became the most hated conflict in Australian history, not only tested Australian soldiers, it stretched Australia's friendship with America to breaking point. There is a study guide to accompany this program.
Windows to Sandakan - One of the worst atrocities involving POWs in WW2 unfolds in this moving Compass Anzac special about the making of a series of stained glass windows for an historic Anglican church in Malaysian Borneo. After 60 years, Australian stained glass artist Philip Handel is about to retire when he receives an offer too tempting to refuse: to make a series of windows for a church in Sandakan, once the capital of British North Borneo, and now a busy port in the Malaysian state of Sabah.
This episode of Living Black looks back at the Japanese bombing raids on Darwin and speaks to Aboriginal people who still remember the infamous 1942 attacks. They follow a family's quest to bring home the spirit of Private Frank Archibald - who was killed in 1942 on the Kokoda trail.
480: Anzac - Hosted by Luke Carroll, 480 covered themes of ANZAC, MABO, land rights, native title and NAIDOC and aimed to recognise and celebrate important events and anniversaries occurring in 2012 for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - all in less than 480 seconds. In Leonard Waters & Albert Knight - Two men; one from the sky - Leonard Waters and the other from the trenches - Albert Knight, made Australia and their people proud when they enlisted for war. Charles Mene is one of Australia's unsung heroes. 480 looks at his story and the act of bravery that earned him the Military Medal for his courage under fire. Oodgeroo Noonuccal was one of Australia's leading Aboriginal poets. She helped her country during war time, a phase in her life which ultimately inspired her to change the world for her people. In Douglas Grant and Sandy Togo follow the story of two soldiers with very similar goals, yet their journeys turn out completely differently. It was during the time when Indigenous men were not allowed to serve due to the colour of their skin. Reg Saunders had a philosophy that any task, no matter how small, should be done to the best of one's ability. This philosophy helped promote Reg up the military ranks during WWII.
War Hero - A Vietnam War vet asks his estranged son to paint his portrait. As the two try to re-connect, it becomes clear that the war had a tragic effect on the man and his family.
The Telegram Man - Tells the story of people in an Australian country town, who experience first-hand, how war inexorably spreads its tentacles well beyond the battlefield.
The Lost Diggers of Fromelles and accompanying study guide looks at the worst 24 hours in Australian military history. In just one night, over 5000 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing, a tragedy which will never be forgotten. In an astonishing recent discovery, 250 soldiers from the battle - mostly Australian - were found in unmarked mass graves in Northern France.
In Every Inch of the Way survivors of the WWII Japanese camps, Vivian Bullwinkel, Dr Ian Duncan, Roy Whitecross and Reg Nossiter describe their experiences during the war, the effect it has had on their lives and their families. Even now, years later, they are still fighting the memories.
The History Channel explores the idea of the Digger in The Digger: A History; the legend, the myth and the truth. Through a sequence of pivotal battles we see the emergence of a type of fighting man with an international reputation as non-conformist and unparalleled as a shock troop or as a soldier able to function on his own initiative. Archive, re-enactments, expert commentary on worldwide scenes combined with first hand accounts chart the immergence of the national icon.
A Very Short War is a deeply personal story that resonates with and speaks to every name found chiselled into memorial monuments scattered throughout the world's cities and country towns. It revolves around the short life of Jack Clifford (Cliff) Carpenter, a pioneer Australian aviator of the 1930s. Cliff had designed and built his first aeroplane as a teenager and, sadly, lost his life at the age of 28 in the darkening skies over Norway on the day of the German invasion.
Prisoners of Propaganda - In 1943, the Imperial Japanese Secret Service made a film called "Calling Australia!" to show the "exemplary conditions" under which the prisoners of war were treated by Nippon, and to soften up the Australian public for the anticipated occupation of their country by Japanese forces. Prisoners of Propaganda tells why the film was made, and how it came to be forgotten.
This episode of Art Nation visits an exhibition of Sidney Nolan's epic Gallipoli series.
Gallipoli Submarine is the incredible true story of an Australian World War 1 submarine, lost in the Dardanelles for nearly 100 years. The story is told with dramatic re-enactment accompanied by modern day footage of a daring rescue expedition to save it from the murky depths. There is a study guide available for this program.
Faith of the Anzacs - Though it is seldom recognised, faith and religion played a part in the story of Gallipoli. Many of the men found comfort in scripture, prayer and song - and the mateship of faith of those who trusted in God. This story unearths the forgotten stories of the faith of Anzac chaplains and soldiers, stories of genuine heroism, faith and courage.
In Australia Remembers: The Pacific, Australian identities recount stories handed down to them by family members who served in the Pacific battle. Stories by Erika Heynatz, Peter Cosgrove, Brett Kirk, Laura Dundovic, Kate Fitzpatrick and Damien Richardson.
Vietnam Nurses - Australia joined the Vietnam War in 1962 to support the United States and the South Vietnamese in their fight against communism. During the next ten years some 50,000 Australian servicemen and women served in this controversial war. Forty-three were Army nurses. This is the untold stories of six Australian Army nurses who served at Vung Tau, the only Australian field hospital in a war zone. There is a study guide available for this program.
Not Forgotten - From a population of just over four million, 324,000 Australian men served overseas in WW1. Some 61,700 never came home. Australia suffered the highest casualty rate in the British Empire forces - every one of them was a volunteer. There are so many First World War memorials in Australia that it is easy to stop seeing them. They have become so much a part of the landscape that you can walk past them without registering what they are, or stopping to think why they were originally erected. It is only when you start looking for them that you realise the scale of this act of commemoration. There is a study guide available for this program.
The two part series Kokoda: The Invasion and Kokoda: The Counterattack tells the story of the brutal World War II campaign fought between Australia and Japan in the green hell of the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Told from both the Japanese and Australian perspectives the series also explores the impact of the decisions of high command on the soldiers at the front line. There is a study guide available for this series.
In Lost In Flanders, ninety years after the last shots were fired, two young Australian historians embark on an emotional journey to the battlefields of the First World War on the infamous Western Front. History teacher Michael Molkentin joins battlefield historian Mat McLachlan in an exploration of the Australian soldiers' wartime experience in Belgium. The two young men visit iconic sites, and join an archaeological excavation of the trenches and fields where 20,000 Australians went missing, their bodies lost, their graves unmarked. There are teachers notes available for this program.
One of the most brilliant generals of World War I and an architect of Anzac Day, Sir John Monash helped create the Anzac legend by ensuring the courage of his men was enshrined in Australian history. Today he is all but forgotten. Monash: The Forgotten Anzac explores the character and achievements of an extraordinary figure in Australian history. There is a study guide available for this program.
Four Corners: The Great History War examines whether, 90 years on, the Great War should be remembered as a triumph or a tragedy - and whether Australia may have oversold its role in the conflict.
The Last Post is an Anzac Day tribute to the Indigenous war veterans who fought for freedom, yet were denied it upon their return home. This film is about the recognition and respect of those who have passed away: with their lives finally honoured with a full military burial service.
Message Stick: A Will To Fight looks at the Lovett family from the Gunditjmara nation in south-west Victoria. Twenty members of this family have served in every major conflict since World War One through to East Timor.
Gladiators of WWII: The Anzacs examines the strength of the Anzacs, a unit that was amongst the finest fighting troops in the world and the first to succeed against the Japanese.
In Gallipoli: Untold Stories the stories come from the diaries of The Sydney Morning Herald journalist Charles Bean, who covered the Gallipoli campaign from the moment the troops landed and helped create the ANZAC legend. Bean's little known diaries give a deeper insight into the tragedy than his reports from the field, which were heavily censored by the military.
Colour of War: The Anzacs is the story of Australia and New Zealand at war as never seen before. Diary and letter extracts tap into the lives of ordinary people living through world-shattering events. There is a study guide available for this program.
In Enough Rope's Gallipoli: Brothers in Arms - Why are more Australians drawn to the shores of Gallipoli each year? The Dawn Service at Anzac Cove, once a modest gathering of souls, has become an event on a scale that rivals the original invasion. The gentle, grassy slopes of this Turkish landmark are thronged with the relatives of those who fought and died, veterans of other conflicts, the merely curious, and a generation of backpackers paying their respects as they circle the globe. In 2006, Andrew Denton went to meet some of these pilgrims, to listen to their stories, to ask why they had made the journey and what they were learning from it. There is a study guide available for this program.
Message Stick: Lest We Forget - Each year, there is an outpouring of national pride on April 25 - ANZAC Day. The iconic 'digger' - a battler against the odds committed to mateship, a fair go, and an egalitarian ideal - is held up as a timeless embodiment of Australia's fundamental national values. But while the blood that was shed on the distant battlefields was only one shade - red - there is a colour blindness that has pervaded Australia's recognition and treatment of Indigenous servicemen and women and their families.
Gallipoli Pilgrimage - What began as a small, quiet ceremony to honour ANZACS who fought and died at Gallipoli has turned into a blockbuster event. More than 18,000 people crowded the narrow strip of land just north of ANZAC Cove in Turkey for the 90th anniversary in 2006. Few were at Gallipoli. Fewer still had blood ties with the Diggers who survived or were killed on that faraway shore.
Revealing Gallipoli - five broadcasters from across the globe unite to tell the tragic story of Gallipoli - from all sides. The program follows the campaign as it unfolded, from its beginnings at the War Council of London, through to the ensuing naval attack and the landings and to its end, many months later, when Allied troops silently withdrew in the dead of the Turkish winter. There is a study guide available for this program.
Gallipoli Submarine is the incredible true story of an Australian World War 1 submarine, lost in the Dardanelles for nearly 100 years, is told with dramatic re-enactment accompanied by modern day footage of a daring rescue expedition to save it from the murky depths. There is a study guide available for this program.
Gallipoli is a film by award-winning Turkish director, Tolga Ornek, narrated by Jeremy Irons and Sam Neill. Produced over six years and in seven different countries, Gallipoli uses newly uncovered diaries, letters, dramatic re-enactments and interviews to reveal one of the largest landing operations in history and one of the bloodiest and most controversial battles of the First World War. There is a study guide available for this program.
Winner of 8 AFI Awards, Academy Award winner Mel Gibson stars in Peter Weir's powerful tale of the courage and mateship of two Western Australian youths, set in Gallipoli in World War I.
Battlefield Detectives: The Gallipoli Disaster - The largest amphibious assault, it became the most public disaster of the Allied campaign in WWI, destroyed reputations including those of Churchill and Kitchener, and created a war hero for the Turks, Kemal Ataturk, who went on to found modern Turkey. Military historians have consistently represented the Gallipoli disaster as the result of commander incompetence. But we will tell a different story. ~ Anna Yates