NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY20142019

Discover WW1

Historian David Green analyses a recently discovered archival document which sheds new light on the question of how many New Zealanders served at Gallipoli.

The August Offensive was an ambitious plan to break the stalemate that had developed at Gallipoli following the landings in April 1915. Military historian Richard Stowers explains the strategy, and outlines the myriad of problems that plagued the Anzacs.

Did you know that after news of the casualty figures from Gallipoli arrived in New Zealand, the Maheno was converted from a trans-Tasman passenger liner to a hospital ship in less than a month?

Did you know that New Zealand troops began to return from overseas from as early as 1914 and that the last men didn’t return until 1921? Historian Imelda Bargas compares how these returning soldiers were welcomed home.

9 July 2015 marks the 30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate – a ritual which has come to symbolise not only a remembrance of those who died in the Great War, but also the ongoing connection between ­­Belgium and the former Allied nations.

Private Robert Steele's image from Gaba Tepe – published in the Auckland Weekly News on 24 June 1915 – gave the New Zealand public their first glimpse of the Gallipoli Campaign.

In the early stages of the war, between a quarter to a third of recruits were rejected for service on account of dental defects. Museum and Heritage Studies student Rebecca Nuttall explores the history of the New Zealand Dental Corps in the First World War.

How did the opinions New Zealanders and Australians held about each other shift during the Gallipoli Campaign?

In an age of tweets and Facebook updates it can be difficult to conceive of a time when it took days, weeks or months to hear news.

The Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails give users a greater understanding of New Zealand’s involvement in the Great War. Denise Stephens gives an insight into the development of one of the Government’s First World War centenary legacy projects.

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