Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 21, 2013 22:39:09 GMT 12
I have seen that great little film before, I think perhaps in the documentary movie War Years. I really love it, it's very well shot, you get the fast pace and exhiliration coming through so well.
I have wondered before where this was filmed, where are those huge and awesome sand dunes. I have seen black sand dunes like that but not white sand as in the film. parts of it looked like the Sahara.
It's interesting to see how old some of the guys in this clip were, no doubt old hands from the WWI Mounties, a great number of our Army that went overseas in 1914-18 were NZMR guys. I'll bet these guys loved being able to roam the countryside, living in bivouac camps, riding at high speed on the horses across farms and beaches hunting for Japs What a life.
Yeah, that's a great little piece on our Mounted Rifles, although these all appear to be of Great War generation (in their 30s and 40s), no boys visible! You can also see the Mounted Rifles tactics, with three dismounted going forward, and the 4th taking care of the horses and removing them back out of harms' way. Liked the "flying hat" about half way throught too, I guess his chin strap was a little bit on the loose side. This film reminded me of an excellent book on MR culture in the Great War - Ion L Idriess's "The Desert Column" - a great read, and although basically Australian, has much on New Zealanders in the war, Gallipoli to the Holy Lands. David D