Our Lost War Passchendaele
Screens Wednesday 20 July, 7pm
(repeat play at Thursday 21 July 2pm)
About the show
TVNZ Heartland documentary, Our Lost War Passchendaele, sees
actor Robyn Malcolm give voice to the phrase 'Lest We Forget',
taking the next generation of her clan, six-month-old son Charlie,
to find the final resting place of her Great Uncle George who lost
his life in WWI's disastrous Battle of Passchendaele.
Private George Salmond was among the 2,700 casualties of this dreadful WWI battle that few New Zealanders know of. Various war historians have noted the battle epitomised the extraordinary bravery of soldiers who attempted the obviously impossible.
For the New Zealand troops, it was a massacre that lacked the 'Kiwi Battler' aspects of Gallipoli and as such is rarely mentioned, let alone celebrated. Bad weather, inadequate preparation and poor military planning led thousands of young men to their deaths on October 12, 1917.