From the Boer War to the present day peacekeeping mission, Australians at War is the most comprehensive visual record ever made of our wartime history. Australian men and women, veterans from all conflicts and witnesses to our past, speak movingly of the events that shaped their lives and those of millions of Australians.
Combining archival film and stills, interviews and newly filmed sequences, Australians at War breathes life into our past, a past that influences every day of our present.
From the Boer War to the present day peacekeeping missions, Australians at War is the most comprehensive visual record ever made of our wartime history. Australian men and women, veterans from all conflicts and witnesses to our past, speak movingly of the events that shaped their lives and those of millions of Australians.
-As a 22 year old young Australian I was very excited when I came across this documentary series so I could see what had happened in my country before I was born, and what my people had gone through in war and conflict. As a Seaman in the Royal Australian Navy I was fascinated to see what harsh conditions those of the Australian Defence Force had withstood and how lucky I am to follow in their footsteps. This series has given us the chance to see how Australias views on war have changed and how our country itself is different from that which our great grandfathers were born into. For those who want to know more about what Australia truly is, than this series shows it to you in full. 10/10.
-Just as The World At War (Thames, 1974) is considered the definitive A/V history of World War II, Australians at War is the definitive history of Australian's involvement in conflicts throughout history. Including footage never before seen by people who aren't involved in archiving at various film libraries, and even footage not known to exist, Australians at War examines the grand strategy and politics of the various campaigns, as well as the hardships faced by the men on the ground. It is one of the best documentaries to have been produced in recent years, and I would recommend it to any person, Australian or not, who has any interest in this nation's history.
Directors:Geoff Burton, Michael Caulfield
Writers:Geoff Burton, Michael Caulfield
Release Date:25 April 2001 (Australia)
Runtime: 446 min