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Gallipoli truly demonstrated the view points of Australians and the effects the war had on them A deceiving perception of the war was emphasized forgetting the warnings and traumas which were so evident by the end of the movie Innocence was lost before young boys even had a chance to really live their lives Misleading propaganda and nationalism encouraged the war effort Much could have been prevented yet the naivete of the elders and youth alike kept the inexperienced going on for more Military plans were constantly changed and those who were smart enough to protest were labeled as cowards The causes of World War I were unknown to Archie Hamilton and his friends Neglecting the true facts and reasons of German intervention into the war the Australians strong sense of nationalism blinded them to the many unforeseen realities Such evidence for this can be found in the scene where Archie and Frankie encountered the men in the desert It was their innocence and love for their country which brought them to say that it was the Germans fault This also proves that there must have been lots of blatant propaganda for such young men to assume that the war had started all because of the Germans One soldier even told a story to influence the Australians into hating the Germans That soldier explained how German soldiers went through Belgium killing all the kittens and marching through the town with the poor dead felines on their sticks Numerous things were done to keep the war effort going All the real horrors which government and military officials knew would scare the much needed potential soldiers away were hidden Nationalism and propaganda also influenced the impacts war had on the soldiers and civilians Oblivious to the reality of it all mothers were proud to send their sons of to war having no doubt that they would be home within weeks Girls and children cheered in the
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