ANZAC Girls (2014): S01E06 – Courage


Introduction

ANZAC Girls is an Australian television drama series that first screened on ABC1 on 10 August 2014.

The true stories of extraordinary young women who witness the brutality and heroism of war and rise to meet the challenge.

Outline

Elsie is working in a French hospital in Amiens; she knows Syd is back at the Front, but not where. Alice and Hilda arrive at the clearing station and are subjected to air attacks. They are heroic in futile attempts to save patients, then are befriended by a small cat. Elsie hitches a ride to Fricourt to see Syd, who’s with 2nd Battalion; back from the Front, he is too traumatised to say much but in a tender scene is bathed and comforted by Elsie. Alice is awarded the Military Medal, presented by Birdwood himself; Major Leopold, with some grace, proposes again and once again Alice refuses, but gratefully. Elsie gets a call from Syd, inviting her to London to meet his parents. She refuses; this time duty comes first; and refuses again when he sees her in person, in a scene that shows him in a less favourable light. Alice nurses some injured German POW’s who have been ignored and forgotten. She contemplates the God who is claimed by both sides and becomes fatalistic, while Hilda’s faith is reinforced by the fact of her survival. They return to the field hospital and are greeted by Sister Wilson. Following the Armistice and the end of the war, ANZAC soldiers and nurses celebrate in a French town; we are then given a glimpse of the Girls’ post-war lives.

The chapter closes with some historical facts, and photos of the actual women depicted in the series.

ANZAC Nurses Series

You can find a full index and overview of ANZAC Nurses here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 14 September 2014.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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