Gallipoli

Factual error: Mel Gibson sits around the campfire at the railway camp with the lads, reading newspaper reports of the April 25, 1915 landing at Gallipoli. The 3rd Light Horse Brigade (including the 10th Light Horse Regiment from Western Australia) landed at Gallipoli on 20 May 1915. This would have given him less than 3 weeks to enlist, train, travel to Egypt by ship and land on the Peninsula. A bit of a stretch. In reality, the 10 Light Horse regiment was raised in October 1914, with the 1st-3rd reinforcements departing Fremantle February 19-22, 1915.

Factual error: Frank, Archie and Snowy are all rural boys from New South Wales, but they all play Australian Rules football expertly. In 1915 Australian Rules was completely unknown outside of Melbourne. In a time before television or film they wouldn't even know what the ball looked like. In fact the game was only established in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide in the 1980s, and is still not terribly popular there. There is no way in the world three people from outside the state would know how to play the game, let alone with such skill.

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Suggested correction: Given that the game was being played in New South Wales by 1877, and had, in fact, spread to almost every Australian territory by 1915, it's hardly unreasonable that they'd know how to play it.

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They are playing a modern, up top date version of Australian Rules football which was totally unknown outside of Victoria until about 1950. Teams were only established in New South Wales and Queensland in the Seventies and Eighties! It is still not terribly popular in other states where Rugby rules. The game outside of Victoria played during World War One bore no resemblance at all to the very modern game they are playing in the film; in fact it played more like Rugby Union than Australian Rules. The posting is absolutely correct.

Factual error: Mel Gibson and Mark Lee leave their jobs working on the Pichi Richi Railway (north of Adelaide) to join the Australian Light Horse Brigade (about to sail to Turkey from Perth in 1914). To do this, we see them travel over 1000 miles across the Nullarbor Plain by train. But the tracks were not laid until 1927.

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Trivia: Australian playwright David Williamson makes a cameo as the tall player in the opposing team in the football match held near the Pyramids in Egypt.

Archy Hamilton: I'll see you when I see you.
Frank Dunne: Yeah. Not if I see you first.

Army Doctor: Teeth aren't all that good.
Snowy: Supposed to shoot the enemy mate, not bite them.

Archy Hamilton: We don't stop them there, they could end up here.
Camel Driver: And they're welcome to it.

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