David Camer at the Emu Gully Air and Land Show.
David Camer at the Emu Gully Air and Land Show.

Reality of war hits home at Emu Gully Air and Land Show

AUSTRALIA'S wartime heroes were honoured and the horrific realities of war highlighted as crowds flocked to the Emu Gully Air and Land Show.

Held across Saturday and Sunday, the show was packed full of live re-enactments, displays and interactive tours.

Emu Gully Air and Land Show organiser Barry Rodgers said despite some wet and windy conditions about 2000 people attended.

This year's show was especially significant as the country marks 100 years of Anzacs.

"I enjoy talking about our Anzac history and what it means to us as Australians and how it's shaped us into who we are and how much we owe those guys, who put their life on the line and many of them made the ultimate sacrifice," Mr Rodgers said.

"We make a point of not glorifying war but what we try to do is give the same sort of casualty rates in the re-enactments as what happened in real life so that people can get a realisation of the cost.

"Having the field hospital up here with the nurses and realistic operations and amputations and the artificial blood also drove that point home and it's been a great display this year."

Aside from the field hospital, Mr Rodgers said trench tours were a welcome addition to the show.

"It's a realism we've never had before," Mr Rodgers said.

"I mean you can hear the explosions and see it at a distance and can even watch it on television with a good sound system but it's not until you get down in the trenches and actually feel the thud and smell the cordite and then the adrenaline rush going over the top knowing that you are going to get hurt with the skirmish guns."

A number of re-enactments were held on the day including the battle of Nek in August 1915, the Gallipoli landing and the taking of Hill 60.


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