Anzacs

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Anzacs
AnzacsPoster.jpg
DVD Cover
Country AUS.jpg Australia
Language English
Channel Nine Network
Creator Geoff Burrowes
Genre War
Broadcast 1985
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 6
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Martin Barrington Andrew Clarke
Cpl. Pat Cleary Paul Hogan
Capt. Flanagan Jon Blake
Sister Kate Baker Megan Williams
Pte. Roly Collins Christopher Cummins
Keith Murdoch David Bradshaw
Rev. George Lonsdale Robert Coleby
Lt. Harold Armstrong Tony Bonner
Sgt. 'Kaiser' Schmidt Shane Briant
Cpl. 'Bluey' Peter Finlay



Anzacs is a 1985 Australian TV miniseries. Set during the First World War, it follows several Australians as they enlist in the Army during World War One, from joining up to homecoming, and the battles that made the Anzac name famous, such as Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele and Hamel.

The following weapons can be seen in the miniseries Anzacs:

Contents


Allied Weapons

Rifles

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

The main weapon of the Anzacs is the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*, including Martin "Marty" Barrington (Andrew Clarke), Flanagan (Jon Blake), Roly Collins (Christopher Cummins), Alec "Pudden" Parsons (Alec Wilson), Sgt. Tom MacArthur (Patrick Ward) and Dick Baker (Mark Hembrow).

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
Bill Harris (Johnathon Sweet) instructs Roly Collins (Christopher Cummins) in the proper use of the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*.
Roly loads a .303 Mk VII round into his Lee-Enfield.
Roly trains with his Lee-Enfield on the rifle range.
Martin "Marty" Barrington (Andrew Clarke), Dick Baker (Mark Hembrow) and Sergeant Tom MacArthur (Patrick Ward) fire their Lee-Enfield rifles on the Gallipoli bluffs.
Dick fires his Lee-Enfield at charging Turkish soldiers.
Dick with his Lee-Enfield, bayonet fixed, in the Lone Pine trenches at Gallipoli.
Marty at the Somme with his Lee-Enfield.
Flanagan (Jon Blake) and Marty with their Lee-Enfield rifles as they search for Pudden, whom has gone AWOL.
Two Anzacs fire their Lee-Enfield rifles at attacking Germans in Amiens.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III

Some Anzacs carry the older Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III rifle.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III - .303 British
Alec "Pudden" Parsons (Alec Wilson) covers Wilhelm "Kaiser" Schmidt (Shane Briant) with his Lee-Enfield. This can be identified as an earlier original Mk.III by the presence of the magazine cutoff and by the round back on the cocking piece.

M1917 Enfield

American soldiers can at one point be seen drilling with M1917 Enfield rifles. It should be noted that units of the American Expeditionary Force that were attached to Australian and British Army units re-equipped themselves with the Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* rifle for the rest of the First World War.

M1917 Enfield - .30-06
American troops march behind a Cambrai tank with their M1917 Enfields.

Machine Guns

Lewis Gun

Cpl. 'Bluey' (Peter Finlay) carries a Lewis Gun, which he mainly uses in a support role. Other soldiers that can be seen operating the weapon are Wilhelm "Kaiser" Schmidt (Shane Briant), Sergeant Tom MacArthur (Patrick Ward) and Carter (Peter Browne).

Lewis gun - .303 British
Bluey (Peter Finlay) with his Lewis Gun as he talks with Lt. Harold Armstrong (Tony Bonner) on the Somme battlefields.
Close-up of the Lewis Gun magazine and sight.
Bluey fires his Lewis Gun at Germans on the Hindenburg Line.
An injured Sgt. Tom MacArthur (Patrick Ward) takes over on the Lewis Gun after Bluey is wounded by a grenade.
Wilhelm "Kaiser" Schmidt fires the Lewis Gun from the hip after recovering it from Sgt. MacArthur.
Bluey, cigarette in mouth, pours suppressive fire on a German bunker at Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele.
Bluey fires at attacking German soldiers in Amiens.
Carter (Peter Browne) hoists the Lewis Gun on his shoulders after a successful attack in Hamel.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun

British soldiers use a pair of Vickers Mk1 Machine Guns in a demonstration for the Anzacs when they first arrive in France. British soldiers use one to repel a German attack in Amiens.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
British soldiers unveil a Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun.
A British soldier pours down fire on advancing Germans at Amiens.

Sidearms

Luger P08

Flanagan (Jon Blake) uses a Luger P08 throughout the series. An Australian officer also uses one in Hamel.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Flanagan (Jon Blake) approaches the German trenches in the Somme, Luger P08 in hand.
Flanagan with the Luger in the trenches.
Flanagan with his Luger after clearing out a German bunker.
An Australian officer in Hamel with a Luger.

Luger P08 "Artillery"

Pat Cleary (Paul Hogan) captures a long-barreled Luger P08 "Artillery" model from a dead German in a trench raid in the Somme. He later uses it to capture several Germans in a basement tavern, mounting it on a "Broomhandle" stock similar to the one used on the Mauser C96.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is the long barreled "Artillery" model
A German soldier fires his Luger P08 "Artillery" in the Somme trenches.
Pat Cleary (Paul Hogan) picks up the "Artillery" model.
Pat loads a magazine into his Luger "Artillery".
Pat fixes the "Broomhandle" stock to his Luger "Artillery".

Mauser C96 "Broomhandle"

Bill Harris (Johnathon Sweet) uses a Mauser C96 pistol with a "Broomhandle" stock.

Mauser C96 Broomhandle - C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser fitted with holster/stock combo - 7.63x25mm
Bill leads a group of reinforcements to the front at Amiens, Mauser in hand.
Bill fires his Mauser.
Bill in the trenches with his Mauser.

Webley "WG" Army

Martin Barrington (Andrew Clarke) and Flanagan (Jon Blake) use the Webley "WG" Army Model Revolver throughout the series.

Webley "WG" Army Model - .455 Webley
Flanagan (Jon Blake) fires his Webley "WG" Army Model at a German soldier during a trench raid.
Martin Barrington (Andrew Clarke) with his Webley during the Anzac advance in Menin Road, Passchendaele.
Flanagan with his Webley in Amiens.
Flanagan holds his Webley on a German machine gunner, quickly convincing him to surrender.

Webley & Scott Signal Pistol

Max Earnshaw (David Lynch) uses a Webley & Scott Signal Pistol to signal the success of the attack on the German bunkers at Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, before he is wounded by a German shell.

Webley & Scott MkIII Signal Pistol - 1 inch
Max Earnshaw (David Lynch) loads a Webley & Scott MkIII Signal Pistol.
Earnshaw fires a Green flare from the Webley & Scott.

Grenades

Jam Tin Grenade

Bill Harris (Johnathon Sweet), Flanagan (Jon Blake) and Dick Baker (Mark Hembrow) use the Jam Tin Grenade at Gallipoli. This improvised grenade was constructed from empty jam (or bully beef) tins packed with gunpowder or dynamite.

Jam Tin Grenade
Flanagan (Jon Blake) lights a Jam Tin Grenade held by Dick Baker (Mark Hembrow) with his cigarette.
Bill Harris (Johnathon Sweet) demonstrates to the soldiers the proper way to make a Jam Tin Grenade.

No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball"

The main weapon of the Anzacs (including Martin Barrington (Andrew Clarke) at Gallipoli is the No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball", before it is replaced by the Mills Bomb in France. Turkish soldiers also use the No 15 Grenade.

No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball".
Martin Barrington (Andrew Clarke) lights a No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball" in Lone Pine.
A Turkish soldier drops a No. 15 Hand Grenade "Ball" into the Gallipoli trenches.

Mills Bomb

The Mills Bomb is used by the Anzacs, including Martin Barrington (Andrew Clarke), Flanagan (Jon Blake) and Pat Cleary (Paul Hogan), after Gallipoli.

Mills Bomb - High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Flanagan (Jon Blake) opens a crate of Mills Bombs.
Flanagan hands a Mills Bomb to Martin Barrington (Andrew Clarke).
Pat Cleary (Paul Hogan) partially pulls the pin on a Mills Bomb.
Pat shows the Mills Bomb, its pin only partially in place, to the Germans, convincing them not to do anything stupid.

Central Powers Weapons

Rifles

Mauser Gewehr 1898

The main weapon of the German soldiers is the Mauser Gewehr 1898. Turkish soldiers also use them. (This is incorrect; they should be using the 1903 Turkish Mauser).

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Turkish soldier fires a Mauser Gewehr 1898 at the Anzacs on the Gallipoli bluffs in defense of a machine gun nest.
A Turkish soldier aims his Mauser.
German soldiers with their Mauser rifles in a Somme foxhole.
The deserter on the right carries a Mauser rifle.
A German soldier fires his Mauser rifle from a machine gun nest.
A German soldier advancing on the Anzac positions at Amiens with his Mauser rifle.
Several Mauser rifles propped up against a bar chair.
Several Germans firing their Mauser rifles at Hamel.
A German soldier (somewhat ineffectively) fires his Mauser at an oncoming Cambrai tank.
A German soldier fires his Mauser.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG08

German soldiers use the Maxim MG08 machine gun throughout the series, mainly in a support or defensive role. Turkish soldiers also use them at Gallipoli. Dick Baker (Mark Hembrow) dismantles one after capture to prevent its re-use by the enemy.

Maxim MG08 - 7.92x57mm
A Turkish soldier fires the Maxim MG08 at advancing Anzacs at Gallipoli.
Dick Baker (Mark Hembrow) removes the firing pin from the machine gun to prevent enemy use.
German soldiers hurriedly reposition the Maxim to prevent enemy flanking at the Somme.
The German crew fire the Maxim.
German soldiers fire at Anzacs in a supporting role during the Amiens battle.
Close-up of the Maxim barrel.
German soldiers fire uselessly at an oncoming Cambrai tank at Hamel.
A German soldier cocks the Maxim gun, preparing to ambush oncoming Anzacs at Hamel.

Maxim MG08/15

German soldiers can be seen using the Maxim MG08/15 as a light machine gun, fitted with a drum magazine. An Australian soldier captures one during a trench raid in the Somme.

Maxim MG08/15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An Australian soldier with a captured Maxim MG08/15 in the Somme trenches.
The German soldier on the right is cut down with his Maxim MG08/15.

Grenades

Model 17 Stielhandgranate

German soldiers use the Model 17 Stielhandgranate as a primary hand grenade. Alec "Pudden" Parsons (Alec Wilson) can be seen packing several into a tin in the Somme.

Model 17 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Alec "Pudden" Parsons (Alec Wilson) preparing a crate of Model 17 Stielhandgranate's for use against the Germans in the Somme.
A smoking Stielhandgranate lands in the Anzac foxhole on the Hindenburg Line.



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