ANZACS Part III Ypres and Passchendaele (1985)

It is debatable when watching a series whether you should review each installment individually. I haven’t done it for The Pacific, nor for Hornblower or Sharpe, so why now do it for ANZACS? Because it is so good? Yes, it really is but so are the others. That’s not the reason then, the reason is that I’m in the mood to do it. Not everything needs to make perfect sense in life, occasionally we can do something just because we enjoy it and I enjoy reviewing ANZACS. There are not all that many good movies and series on WWI, it seems justified to re-emphasize that this one exists.

Part three is a s good as the first two parts and leads us even deeper into some of the catastrophic and notorious battles of WWI. Who hasn’t heard of Ypres or Passchendaele, who hasn’t heard how many soldiers died in these two offensives alone?

In this part we see that the British Prime Minister, Lloyd George and General Haig are really not on the same page. Haig is gung-ho, his strategy seems to demand too many losses and Lloyd George doesn’t think it’s justified at all.

Once more we also see how the British and the Australian culture clash when it comes to subordination. Another aspect that is covered in this part is the role of the respective churches. While the Church of England was fully supportive of the war, there were some voices in Australia saying that it might be high time to underline that Australia was independent by now and that the Australian church should adopt another attitude towards the war.

The man on the photo, Jon Blake is one of the main actors in ANZACS. He was also in in The Lighthorsemen. While finishing The Lighthorsemen he had a car accident and sustained severe brain injuries that left him in a near vegetative state. He died on May 29 2011. It’s a very sad story. He was a very promising young actor and many say he would have gone far. We will never know.

Here are the reviews of Part I Gallipoli and Part II The Somme and a List of Australian War Movies.

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13 thoughts on “ANZACS Part III Ypres and Passchendaele (1985)

  1. the war movie buff says:

    I am really looking forward to seeing this series. The Australians are so cool. Any war movie featuring them is bound to be interesting.

    • I wonder whether they really were like this. They seem to have taken this far less seriously than others. A bit like hunting and they managed to enjoy themselves a lot which seems odd but it could be possible. When you are in the shit, why no try to make the best of it.

  2. the war movie buff says:

    I don’t know any Australians, all I know is they always seem to be portrayed as you describe. Since many of the movies are made by Australians, I have to assume they are realistic portrayals of Aussie soldiers.

    • I’m not so sure. Countries also choose a way to depict themselves that isn’t necessarly realistic but rather idealized. I know some Australians and they are very different from Brits, Americans or South Africans, still I can’t say anything about Aussie soldiers.

  3. Curvy Kitty says:

    I was prepared for charicature but it reminded me of my grandparents.

  4. Curvy Kitty says:

    Have you seen the tele series Changi?

  5. Curvy Kitty says:

    I think it glosses of the horrors of the POW camps a bit but the notion of mateship is beautifully presented. Let me know if you can’t find a copy.

  6. I’m so glad you’re still reviewing this series :)

  7. [...] While Part IV is still heavy on combat, Part V, which is a bit anti-climatic, is a quiet part. It centers on the Armistice and the ANZACS’ return home to Australia. Here are the reviews of Part I Gallipoli, Part II The Somme  and Part III Passchendaele. [...]

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