In the lead up to the centenary anniversary of the landing of Australian troops on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, the ABC has launched an app based on the 2009 TV series. The app is based on a fully interactive 3D website, but offers a more portable option for students or people wanting to know more about the landings and the Gallipoli campaign.
The app and website contain quite a few features and content which will keep anyone busy. The site lists features such as Story of the Day, Event Timeline, Eyewitness Accounts, Commentaries, Campaign Overview and Teaching Resources. The Android app, which is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and upwards has more information in the Google Play description about which features it contains:
- Spectacular cinematics feature pivotal moments throughout the day.
- 3D models of military hardware elaborate the technology available to the opposing sides in battle.
- Audio versions of war diaries, read by Hugo Weaving among others, bring the poignant eyewitness testimonies of ANZAC and Ottoman soldiers to life;
- Curiosity rewarded with an increase in rank and specialist medals which detail users’ progress.
- Moving video accounts by veterans portray the experiences of 25 April 1915.
- Video commentary by historians including Harvey Broadbent and Les Carlyon; the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove; Turkish Ambassador to Australia, Murat Ersavci; former Prime Minister John Howard; Head of Indigenous Affairs at AWM, Gary Oakley; New Zealand military historian Christopher Pugsley.
- Personnel records, archival photographs and military trees detail some of the thousands of soldiers who fought on the day.
- Original maps used on the first day, which can be overlaid upon the 3D landscape.
- An analysis of the broader Gallipoli Campaign renders the first day in the context of this ill-fated front of the Great War.
It’s a good resource and with the Centenary approaching, it may be time to look into attending a dawn memorial service in your area – or make the trek to Canberra to attend the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial.
If the app sounds interesting, head on over to Google Play and install it now. The app has a relatively decent 4.2 star rating from 4 installs.
Source: ABC, and Google Play.