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Once upon a Wednesday: Gallipoli diorama

For those who don’t know, Gallipoli was a particularly pointless and bloody campaign fought in World War I.

Ignoring the many sheltered coves and gentle uplands, the forces in their wisdom chose an area of shear cliffs and arid rocky crags. It is emblematic of this campaign that a British colonel advanced as far as a certain hill on his first day. Having received no orders to hold, he withdrew to camp. In the following 8 months British forces never again advanced as far as that hill.

The campaign has particular resonance in Australia and New Zealand for a number of reasons. The ANZACS, as they were known, didn’t make up a majority of the British forces there, but many of the volunteers from those countries ended up at Gallipoli. Many never left.

World War I was fought from 1914 to 1918, and so recent years have seen the centenary of the war and of its various battles. New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson is a fan of miniatures and wanted something special.

My original article from 2015 links to the full story of how this massive diorama featuring thousands of miniatures came together, and it’s an interesting read.

5 comments on “Once upon a Wednesday: Gallipoli diorama

  1. Mikko
    July 22, 2020

    Gallipoli always reminds me of the song “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”, it really captures the pointlessness of war.

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  2. backtothehammer
    July 23, 2020

    If I remember correctly the Perry Twins did this diorama

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    • davekay
      July 23, 2020

      They sculpted and cast all the figures used, and local hobbyists painted them up

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  3. Kuribo
    August 3, 2020

    I wasn’t aware of this diorama and I know a bit about Gallipoli so I really appreciate you sharing, Dave! It is such an awesome and inspiring piece of hobbying about a very sad event.

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