Australians at war DVD collection
Three unique documentaries of courage and endurance.
Featuring dramatic re-enactments, The Digger is a captivating journey across the battlefields and trenches of the world - from South Africa and Egypt, to the Western Front, New Guinea, Korea and Vietnam - telling the many individual stories of heroes, larrikins, good blokes and mates who represented their country and endured the tremendous hardship and sacrifices of war. Some with names we may know, most that never made it into the history books. They were men who wrote letters, told jokes, sang songs and fought fiercely – their encounters from the Boer War to Vietnam are brought to life in breathtaking action and expertly researched authenticity, celebrating the everlasting pathos and honouring the legend of the true blue Aussie Digger.
Additional footage: Finding the Digger - Making of featurette - 15 mins, Extended Interview with Peter Cosgrove - 10 mins
The Victoria Cross is the most coveted and honoured decoration available to members of the Australian Defence Force.
Journey down the Remembrance Highway, from Sydney to Canberra's Australian War Memorial where 22 ordinary Australians are remembered for their extraordinary deeds of courage and sacrifice. From the 1857 Sepoy Rebellion, 96 soldiers associated with Australia have received this honour - among them Neville Howse who faced enemy fire during the second Boer War to rescue a fallen trumpeter. Despite being shot in the neck and chest John Edmondson risked and lost his life at the siege of Tobruk to aid an officer in distress, and during the Vietnam War Keith Payne went behind enemy lines to aid the rescue of "about 40" injured and lost soldiers.
Additional footage: Interview with Keith Payne V.C. - 13 mins, Interview with Ted Kenna V.C. - 7 mins
When things are tough – whether it be on the sports field, in the face of natural disaster – there is an internal strength summoned up in order to cope with the adversity - it is known as the ANZAC Spirit. This spirit, shown by the original ANZACs on Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front is well recognised. But what were the unique qualities displayed by the ANZACs that combined to forge The ANZAC Spirit?
Mateship, Courage, Humour, Ingenuity, Endurance, Individualism.
Through the resources of the Australian War Memorial – photographs, documents, objects – Neil Pigot tells six stories of the ANZACs, each illustrating one of these qualities and all in combination bringing to life the very best examples of their Spirit.
Rated M (war themes, battle violence and coarse language), PAL, all regions duration 167 minutes.