ANZACS (1985): S01E02 – The Big Push


Introduction

Anzacs (named for members of the all volunteer ANZAC army formations) is a 1985 Australian five-part television miniseries set in World War I.

Outline

In 1916 the platoon, now re-enforced, arrives at the Western Front in France. Among the new members are Wilhelm Schmidt, Dinny Gordon, ‘Pudden’ Parsons, Lewis-gunner ‘Bluey’ and Privates Upton and Morrissey. In France, Cleary soon proves himself an expert ‘scrounger’ and distributor of stolen goods. In London, Australian journalist Keith Murdoch, who had been at Gallipoli, meets with British War Secretary Lloyd George who has a dislike of British Army commander Douglas Haig. During a raid on the German lines, Morrissey is killed and Barrington proves his leadership skill. In July, the platoon take part in the Somme Campaign at Pozières. The attack breaks down in confusion, forcing Barrington and Flanagan to assume leadership roles. Behind the lines, Haig informs Murdoch that the Germans have concentrated all of their reserve artillery on the Pozières sector in an effort to contain the Australians. The platoon suffers heavy losses, and Upton is killed trying to warn the platoon’s relief, and Collins suffers from shell-shock. After a long battle, the dazed and traumatised survivors stagger back to the rear.

ANZACS Series

You can find a full index and overview of the ANZACS here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 28 October 1985.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Australia.
  • Language: English.

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