"When We Go to War" focuses on the impact the war has on a middle New Zealand, Pakeha family and a Maori brother and sister.

This spectacular six-hour television drama cuts between life at home, Gallipoli and Egypt. The series begins in a time of optimism and hope, on the eve of war. New Zealand has one of the highest living standards in the world, is part of the mighty British Empire and few can foresee the horrors soon to come.

As the series - and the war - progress, the changing lives of those back home are contrasted with the experiences of New Zealand soldiers in the trenches and the lives of nurses in makeshift hospitals in Egypt. The war puts an enormous strain on existing relationships - while new ones develop.

The story centres around a powerful and conflicted love story between Bea Smith, a woman ahead of her time who is nursing in Egypt alongside her lover William, a dedicated doctor. The series also explores the effect the battlefield has on Charles Smith, a lawyer turned officer, his brother Harry, the family's black sheep, and family friend Manaaki Kokiri, a preacher turned lethally effective soldier. The effects of war at home cover the grief of the bereaved, anti-German hatred, anti-conscription activism and the survival of the family's economic base, Smith's Emporium.

When We Go to War - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2015-04-26

When We Go to War - When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Netflix

“When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (sometimes “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”) is a popular song from the American Civil War that expressed people's longing for the return of their friends and relatives who were fighting in the war.

When We Go to War - Other versions - Netflix

Quite a few variations on the song, as well as songs set to the same tune but with different lyrics, have appeared since "When Johnny Comes Marching Home' was popularized. The alleged larcenous tendencies of some Union soldiers in New Orleans were parodied in the lyrics “For Bales”, to the same tune. A British version appeared in 1914, with the similar title, “When Tommy Comes Marching Home”. The 1880 U.S. Presidential election campaign featured a campaign song called “If the Johnnies Get Into Power”. Morton Gould's classical arrangement “American Salute” of the song (1943). Harris, Roy (1934), When Johnny Comes Marching Home — An American Overture . The Andrews Sisters, a “Swing Era” sister act sang an upbeat “swing” version in the 1940s.

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