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Re: Movies on The Light Horse

From: Diggerdave
Date: 9/29/2001
Time: 10:55:25 AM
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Mike, The movie in question is 'Forty Thousand Horsemen' and was put out in 1940 by Chauvel Films. The movie was produced and directed by Charles Chauvel and runs for approximately 87 minutes and is in black and white. I purchased a copy in VHS format some years ago here in Australia. It may still be available from the Australian Film and Sound Archives or the Australain War Memorial shop. 'The Lighthorsemen' movie is based on the charge at Beersheba by the 4th (Victorian) and part of the 12th (New South Wales) Light Horse Regiments on 31st October 1917. Take out the 'romance' and it is a very good historical representation of events. From memory there were about ten or more women (dressed as men) used in the charge sequence. The names of the officers and men in the movie (Chauvel, Bourchier, Bolton etc) are factual and the officer referred to as 'Don' before the charge takes place is actually Major (later Lieut-Colonel) Don Cameron, a grazier from Rouchel in the upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, who had previously served in the South African Boer War of 1899-1902 in the 1st Australian Horse and then in the 3rd New South Wales Imperial Bushmen contingents. Hoping this is of some assistance to you.

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