Veterans Film Festival

Veterans Film Festival

The annual Veterans Film Festival presents films from around the world, which explore real or imagined stories about war

Canberra (Nov 6-9, 2019)

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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Moving and reliably engaging for all ages and those anywhere and everywhere who love dogs ...
Journey's End

Journey’s End

War epics more often than not revolve around the key or decisive battles, the grand, ...
Transmilitary

Transmilitary

Documentaries can recount, expound or explain so much – but it’s always better when they’re ...
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LT GL Sir John Monash (Painting oil on canvas by Australian portrait painter James Peter Quinn, 1918)
Right Honourable John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia, 1941-45 World War IISworn in 7 Oct 1941 by Governor-General Earl Gowrie (Brigadier General, British Army) declared Australia at war Pacific Ocean, 10 Dec 1941 Australia’s ‘gravest hour’.  Curtin Government transferred 6th and 7th Divisions North Africa to Java and Sumatra, Indonesia, calling Australia’s Dunkirk/Battle of Australia the fall of Singapore, Feb 1942 with the capture of 8th Division, then insisting all Divisions return to Australia after the bombing of Darwin.  Forming a close relationship with General of U.S. Army MacArthur Battles of Coral Sea and Midway halted Japanese threats by 1943.  Winning one of Labors’ greatest re-elections in 1943 Curtin suffered stress-related illnesses, suffering a heart attack in Nov 1944; dying at The Lodge on 5 July 1945 known for changing Australian military allegiance from the British Empire to United States of America.AWM:  https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/underattack/bombed/curtin
APH:  https://primeministers.moadoph.gov.au/prime-ministers/john-curtin
Youtube/ABC:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YgXH03k7fI
1 July 1916 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, The Battle of the Somme, Western Front FranceThe first Battle of the Somme diverting overwhelming German forces at The Battle of Verdun joined French and British forces on the Western Front coordinated with Russian Imperial forces on the Eastern Front.  The 5th Australian Division saw action at Fromelles and 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions at Pozieres, Mouquet Farm and Flers.  The Somme is remembered for an Allied advance of 12km from July to November 1916 with over 630,000 Allied casualties and 500,000 Axis casualties particularly junior Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers.  Allied Empires were forced into conscription defeated in two Australian referendums and Axis Empires never recovered from leadership loss.AWM:  https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/video-message-director-battle-somme
AWM:  https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/the-battle-of-the-somme-95-years-on
ANZACS TV Mini-series (1985): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTTr4JutZ78Australian 5th Division, 1916 (Source: Queensland Government)
1 July 1942 Sinking of the MV Montevideo Maru, Imperial Japanese Navy, Luzon PhillipinesImperial Japanese Navy vessel MV Montevideo Maru was an auxiliary prisoner, troop and provisions vessel serving in South East Asia.  22 June 1942 Australian 2/22nd Battalion, No.1 Independent Company, and civilian prisoners captured in New Britain were ordered upon MV Montevideo Maru bound for Hainan Island.  Sighted eight days from port off Luzon, Philippines was hit by two torpedoes from the USS Sturgeon sinking in 11 minutes.  Japanese and Australian sources suggest 845 military and 208 civilian lives were lost in Australia’s greatest maritime disaster.AWM:  https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/montevideo_maru
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un7S4vSzedU
ABC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFjcyGetgJgMV Montevideo Maru Memorial in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra (by James Parrett 2012)
Private J.W.A. Jackson VC, Armentieres, The Great WarNight patrol and trench raid training under artillery cover to disable listening posts and identify enemy positions at Bois Grenier came under machine gun fire from 231st Prussian Reserve Infantry Regiment then heavy shelling while withdrawing suffering casualties.  Private John Jackson, 17th Battalion after volunteering for patrol, captured a prisoner safely reaching trenches under fire returned and recovered a wounded soldier.  He returned for another soldier with his sergeant when wounded by shelling concussing his sergeant.  He returned to trenches for help, returning for his sergeant and wounded recovering a surviving soldier, the youngest and first AIF Victoria Cross recipient on the Western Front.Australian War Memorial:  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P11026156
Cigarette Card:  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1017928?image=1
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om_tlQ9gwK4
This week:
LT Arthur Roden Cutler VC, 2/5 Australian Field Regiment, AIF, Syria-Lebanon Campaign, WWIIEncountering Vichy French tank fire checking AIF attack LT Cutler led establishment of a forward post, re-connecting broken communications, then engaging enemy posts.  Counter attacks resulted in casualties, however LT Cutler led return fire, repelled advances and evacuated wounded soldiers.   He then established a forward post in Merdjayoun, registering artillery fire on the only transport road, engaging enemy posts before being cut off then breaking through enemy lines after dark.  He captained a forward artillery position critical to capturing Merdjayoun and Damour.Australian War Memorial:  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C984575
Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqiAyq-JDWo
Sea Shepherd activists, the military and scientists all join forces to save the vaquita. There are only 30 of these tiny whales left in the world and they’re only found off the coast of Mexico. SEA OF SHADOWS is a heartrending eco-thriller by award-winning documentary filmmaker Richard Ladkani (The Ivory Game). See it at #SydFilmFest. For more info visit — https://www.sff.org.au/program/browse/sea-of-shadows
On this day we remember Lance Corporal A. Jacka, 14th Battalion, the first VC to be awarded to an Australian in the First World War. He later served on the Western Front and was twice further decorated for his bravery.
@Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June) tickets are now on sale! Don’t miss out on DANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN, an Australian film from Kriv Stenders (Australia Day, Red Dog). The film is an emotional and visceral exploration of a key battle in the Vietnam war with 108 young Australian soldiers against 2500. Book your tickets at: https://loom.ly/OMaqC3A
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.#LestWeForget #AnzacDay2019
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