Archy (Mark Lee) and Frank (Mel Gibson), newly arrived on Gallipoli, get a rude education on life and death in the trenches. A human body forms part of the parapet; soldiers take turns at shooting targets held up by the Turks; the Diggers have to make their own bombs.
An extremely vivid and sardonic view of the trenches, the result of extensive research, gives a superb sense of what trench life on Gallipoli was like. The scene illustrates well the use of humour as a means of coping, and the close proximity of the trench lines. There had been a series of films about Gallipoli in the early part of the century – but nothing had dared to show the realities of trench life with such frank detail.