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Synopsis

Six poignant stories from WWI that began a love affair between Australia and France.
 
French Orphan Smuggled to Australia
Eight year old 'Digger' was wondering hungry and homeless when he walked into an Australian airmens' mess after WWI. This little French orphan was adopted by an airman who smuggled him to England in an oat sack, then in a wicker basket to Australia.
 
How Two Pennies Rebuild a School in France
After WWI, a Victorian Aussie boy worked hard to raise two pennies to help rebuild a destroyed school in Villers-Brettoneux, France. A powerful story of courage , hope and perseverance, helping to rebuild this school across the oceans. 
 
Aussies Capture a German Tank 
In a devastated battlefield of WWI, 13 Australian soldiers crossed into no-mans-land and returned with a  German tank: the Mephisto. Almost 100 years later, this tank survives, the onlyA7V Sturmpanzerwagen in the owrld. This is the story of how a Quennslander masterninded brinbging this rare relic back to Brisbane.
 
Aboriginal Diggers
Downtrodden in thier own country, Australain aborigines were banned from serving in the miltary, rejected on the grounds of race. But the offer of 6 shillings a day and a trip overseas was too good to miss. This little known story is why Villes-Bretonneux is an unusal name for an aboriginal burial site.
 
Known Only to God
We will never know his name, where he was born, his age, family, rank, battalion or precisely how and when he died. We will never know who this Australian soldier was. This si kow only to God. A powerful story of the journey to bring th eUnknown Soldier back to Australia.
 
ANZAC Day in Villers-Bretonneux 
there's a tiny village in France you can drive through in two minutes. The Geman army did and on ANZAC day 1918, the ANZACs took it back... a turning point in WWI. Every year on Anzac Day, over 4000 make the pilgrimage to the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux to honour the 46,000 Australians and 12,000 New Zealanders who remain ther. A touching story, an amazing legacy to the ANZAC's role.
 
Monash the Master of Surprise
the French will never forget the Aussie General who turned the tide oof WWI. Monash understood the significance of surprise and demonstrated new tactics taking Le Hamel & Amiens. King George V knighted Monash in the battlefield - the first in 200 years. Sir John Monash, Australia's most distinguished soldier, left an idelible mark on history.
 

Extra Features

  • NEVER FORGET AUSTRALIA EXTRA featuring:
  • - Memorial service 2016 – Trumpeter’s Corner
  • - Anecdotes from Diggers family
  • -
  • Young Digger
  • perspective from
  • authour
  • Anthony Hill
  • -
  • Two Pennies
  • perspective from
  • authour
  • Vicki Bennett
  • - Composer Vin Healy showcases the song
  • Villers-Bretonneux
  • - Searching for Ancestors/Answers
  • vox pops

Cast

  • Various

Directors

  • Alan McGirvan
  • Vicki Bennett
  • No. discs 1
  • Running time 54 min
  • Audio format 2.0
  • Region -
  • Format PAL
  • Color COLOUR
  • Language English
  • Catalogue No. DAVID3735
  • Aspect ratio 16:9
  • Subtitles None


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