Johnny Burke talks about his experiences during the First World War including a heavy defeat to the Turks in the Mesopotamian campaign. During a break in the fighting to bury the dead Johnny recalls meeting with Turkish soldiers.
- Title Johnny Burke
- 1st Broadcast 17/01/1965
- ContributorTed Nealon (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:05:38
- Material Type Video
- Series title On The Land
- Clip title "They Gave Us Six Hours To Bury The Dead"
- Extended description
Johnny Burke tells reporter Ted Nealon about his experience during the First World War. Johnny fought first in France after the retreat at Mons. From France Johnny went to Mesopotamia where the British army suffered a heavy defeat. Johnny praises the Turks for allowing time for the dead to be buried. During the amnesty for the dead to be buried Johnny met some of those he had been fighting. His memory of the Turkish soldiers is of the poor condition they were in.
Johnny Burke also recalls marching through the desert to Baghdad and to Falluja. When it was time to be sent home, he was told he was going to the UK (United Kingdom) but Johnny had no idea what the UK was and had to ask an officer to explain.
'On the Land' was a weekly programme for farmers broadcast from 1962 to 1971. Jack White, Head of Public Affairs, Telefis Eireann, wrote,
"Good cover of farming is a basic duty for a television network that serves an agricultural country. Telefis Eireann is anxious to do its bit to make for a better life on the land."
(RTV Guide, 9 February 1966. Vol.1, No.11, p.6)
- Local keywords First World War, World War 1, Great War, Wars, Conflicts, Johnny Burke,
- Geographical coverage Ireland, Ballinasloe, Galway, France, Mons, Baghdad, Falluja
- Genre Factual
- Topic Wars and Conflict
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1965
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier D1723
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Black and White
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
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