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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!, 13 Oct 2010
This review is from: Beneath Hill 60 [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
A good honest film about the British Empire forces in the First World War, albeit from an Australian perspective. That said there is not modern stereotypical characterisations, the British soldiers are depicted fairly and there is no modern anti-British sentiment in this. This is just a good honest story about soldiers and the travails that they faced whilst serving on the Western Front. The British film industry could learn a lot from this production, the research on the Uniforms and equipment is first rate and the depictions of the social mores of the time are excellent too. It tells good story of men at war without a ham fisted attempt at making a point. I recommend this to everyone interested in the Great War.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2011 13:56:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2011 14:46:08 GMT
Big Mike says:
I sort of get the feeling that you are being a bit defensive of the British interests here. You have probably heard the "anti-British" talk about things such as the Australian troops who were "sacrificed" at Gallipoli by being simply pawns to buy the British forces time to land. I am a native-born American who has become a naturalized UK citizen and passport holder, but I still retain (and always will) my American citizenship and passport. Thusly, I am well aware of certain anti-American sentiments here in the UK. Such as some heavily fictionalized war films that have the U.S. winning the Second World War all on their own and other American flag-waving films. The real truth is that we are all pawns of our respective governments and there have been many good people on all sides who have died to defend the freedoms and liberties that we in the West all enjoy today. The same red blood, be it British, American, Canadian, Australian, Indian, South African, French, etc. was shed on the battlefields of both world wars for basically the same causes and interests.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2011 20:06:38 GMT
I, for one, am pleased to see a war film made without the political correctness and, yes, anti-British garbage, or anti-American, for that matter, thrown in. My father passed away in october and flew 39 missions in Bomber Command during WW2 with the RCAF. He spoke highly of ALL nations with whom he served, including the Yanks, Aussies, Brits and others. Much of this "anti-British" sentiment comes from later generations, particularly that whining "lesser generation" of liberals who came of age during the 1960s. Well. there's my rant for the day, eh mate?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2011 21:42:02 GMT
redvers says:
Whilst I totally agree with your final sentiments, I believe the OP was referring to the bash the brits trend - especially when the subject is WW1. For example, the Gallipoli campaign was indeed badly executed but lets not forget the 'sacrifice' of the 205,000 british casualties and 47,000 french as well as the 34,000 ANZACs

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 09:52:53 BDT
Evan says:
Please don't confuse the ANZAC's with the Australian Corp of the AIF. New Zealand had nothing to do with the later stages of Australia's involvement in the war. The ANZAC's were only at Gallipoli.
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