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1916: Armentières and the Battle of the Somme

Following the Gallipoli withdrawal, the newly formed New Zealand Division left for France in early April 1916. Sent to the Flanders region to gain front-line experience, they spent the next three months guarding a ‘quiet’ or ‘nursery’ sector of the line at Armentières before moving south to the Somme battlefields and their first large-scale action on the Western Front. Read the full article

Page 1 - The Battle of the Somme

Following the Gallipoli withdrawal, the newly formed New Zealand Division left for France in early April 1916. Sent to the Flanders region to gain front-line experience, they

Passchendaele: fighting for Belgium

Ever since 1917 Passchendaele has been a byword for the horror of the First World War. The assault on this tiny Belgian village cost the lives of thousands of New Zealand soldiers. But its impact reached far beyond the battlefield, leaving deep scars on many New Zealand communities and families. Read the full article

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

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

The Ottoman Empire

Few Kiwis today know much about one of our main First World War enemies, the Ottoman Empire - a sophisticated but often forgotten empire whose soldiers fought against New Zealand troops for four years in the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns. Read the full article

Page 13 - Weapons of the Ottoman Army

The Ottoman Army went to war in 1914 with significant gaps in its arsenal, particularly in machine guns and field artillery.

NZ's First World War horses

Between 1914 and 1916 the New Zealand government acquired more than 10,000 horses to equip the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. They served in German Samoa, Gallipoli, the Middle East and on the Western Front. Of those that survived the war, only four returned home. Read the full article

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

New Zealand Field Artillery

Overview of the roll of the New Zealand artillery in the First World War Read the full article

Page 1 - Artillery units

Overview of the roll of the New Zealand artillery in the First World

Page 2 - New Zealand Field Artillery Brigades

Page 3 - Ammunition Column

The work and unit history of the Ammunition columns during the First World

Page 4 - Trench Mortar Batteries

A unit history of the NZEF Trench mortar batteries in the First World

Page 5 - Further information - NZ Field Artillery

Suggestions for further reading relating to the New Zealand Artillery in the First World

A German 17cm SLK L/40 railway gun firing near Marne, July 1917.

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