Empire & Commonwealth: Gallipoli

A diverse range of soldiers from all over the Empire, Commonwealth and Dominions made a significant contribution to the British war effort. To coincide with the anniversary of Gallipoli, the Museum created a series of animated films exploring this theme.

At the outbreak of war in 1914, Britain’s professional army was made up of just 750,000 men. Over the course of the next four years, the British Army would conscript or recruit 8 million men with almost half coming from countries outside the UK.

During the campaign on the Western Front, Empire and Commonwealth troops made up an essential part of the Allied force. Our Western Front film brings their story to life, focusing on the crucial support these soldiers provided to the British New Army and territorial volunteers.

In 1915, the Allies launched an attack on the Gallipoli peninsula in an attempt to break the stalemate on the Western Front. The campaign was a disaster from the beginning. Our Gallipoli film highlights the bravery of the Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, pinned against the coast and subject to continuous attacks.

Discover more films exploring the contribution of Empire and Commonwealth troops.

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