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Film / The Lighthorsemen

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An Australian 1987 war film that depicts a WWI light horse unit during the 1917 battle of Battle of Beersheeba, it is based on a true story.

The movie stars Jon Blake, Peter Phelps, Tony Bonner, Bill Kerr, John Walton, Gary Sweet, and Sigrid Thornton.

It was released on September 10, 1987 in Australia and April 8, 1988 in the US.

Tropes for the film:

  • Badass Bandolier: This backfires (literally) when a Turkish bullet strikes an ammunition pouch on the bandolier worn across the chest of a Light Horse soldier, causing all the other pouches to spontaneously detonate.
  • Home by Christmas: Discussed when a soldier snaps at the New Meat, "What do you know about the war?", the man snarks back that at least he didn't think it would be over by Christmas.
  • The Greatest History Never Told: It is set in the Middle Eastern Front during WWI.
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  • Period Piece: Set in 1917 during World War I.