Events In History
12 October 1917NZ's ‘blackest day’ at Passchendaele
In terms of lives lost on a single day, this was the greatest disaster in New Zealand history. The failed assault on Passchendaele in Belgium took the lives of 45 officers and 800 men, and left 2700 wounded Read more...
Page 1 – New Zealand and Le Quesnoy
A week before the First World War ended, New Zealand troops captured Le Quesnoy in their last major action. The French town continues to mark the event.
Page 2 – The liberation of Le Quesnoy
The capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy by the New Zealand Division on 4 November 1918 has special significance in New Zealand's military history.
Page 3 – Visiting Le Quesnoy
Just 4 kilometres east of Beaudignies in northern France is Le Quesnoy. This town was in German hands for almost all of the First World War, from August 1914, until the New
Page 4 – Battle accounts, Lieutenant Averill
Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill is best remembered for his exploits during the liberation of Le Quesnoy on 4 November 1918.
Page 5 – Battle accounts, Private Nimmo
Captain James Matheson Nimmo joined 3rd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade on 27 September 1918.
Page 1 – The Battle of the Somme
A truly nightmarish world greeted the New Zealand Division when it joined the Battle of the Somme in mid-September 1916. Fifteen thousand men of the Division went into action.
Page 2 – Overview
'Somme. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more gruesome word.' This is how one German officer described the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It was here that, day
Page 3 – New Zealand's Somme experience
It was on the Somme that the majority of New Zealanders were killed or wounded during the First World War, and it was here that New Zealand experienced its worst days in
Page 4 – Men and machines
By the time of the Somme offensive of 1916, the Great War had become shaped by artillery. Villages, woods and fields were reduced to drab wilderness by relentless shellfire and
Page 5 – New Zealand artillery on the Somme
The Great War was halfway through when the big guns roared into life along the New Zealand Division's sector on the Somme in support of a major attack on 15 September 1916.
Page 1 – The Arras tunnels
During the First World War the men of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company, many of them hardbitten West Coast miners, helped create a vast network of military tunnels under the
Page 2 – The New Zealand Tunnelling Company
With both the Allies and the Germans trying to tunnel under each other's lines to lay mines, the New Zealand Tunnelling Company's experience was invaluable.
Page 4 – New Zealand goes to war
The capture of German SamoaBefore the outbreak of war, Prime Minister W.F.
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Page 4 – On the Western Front
The New Zealand Pioneer Battalion arrived in France in April 1916. It was the first unit of the New Zealand Division to move on to the bloody battlefield of the Somme.
- Page 4 - On the Western FrontThe New Zealand Pioneer Battalion arrived in France in April 1916. It was the first unit of the New Zealand Division to move on to the bloody battlefield of the
Page 2 – The battle for Messines
The assault on Passchendaele was part of a vast Allied offensive launched in mid-1917, which, for New Zealanders, started with the Battle for Messines.
Page 3 – The Passchendaele offensive
The failed attempt to capture the town of Passchendaele saw more New Zealanders killed in one day than in any other military campaign since 1840.
Page 4 – After Passchendaele
Military events in Belgium after the Passchendaele offensive of October 1917, including the failed attack at Polderhoek
Page 1 – 1918: Amiens, Bapaume and victory - Western Front campaign
In 1918, a series of major German and Allied offensives broke the stalemate of trench warfare on the Western Front, resulting in the collapse of the German Army and the end of
- Page 1 - 1918: Amiens, Bapaume and victory - Western Front campaignIn 1918, a series of major German and Allied offensives broke the stalemate of trench warfare on the Western Front, resulting in the collapse of the German Army and the end of the
Page 7 – Western Front
More than 3000 horses and mules went from Egypt to France with the New Zealand Division in April 1916. Most of these horses had probably come from New Zealand originally.
- Page 7 - Western FrontMore than 3000 horses and mules went from Egypt to France with the New Zealand Division in April 1916. Most of these horses had probably come from New Zealand
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