Western Front

Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme

They entered a place of bloody nightmare. Of the 15,000 New Zealand troops who came to the Somme in 1916, 2000 died and close to 6000 were wounded. more...

Passchendaele: fighting for Belgium

Passchendaele: fighting for Belgium

The capture of the insignificant village of Passchendaele in Belgium became an objective that cost thousands of New Zealand lives and impacted on thousands more at home. more...

Western Front in 1918

Western Front in 1918

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 the war within the year. more...

New Zealand and Le Quesnoy

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. more...

The Arras tunnels

The Arras tunnels

The men of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company, many of them hardbitten gold miners and quarrymen, helped create a vast network of military tunnels under the French town of Arras. more...