WW100 – New Zealand's First World War Centenary Programme ran from 2014 to 2019

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Centenary of the Battle of Messines

Messines refers to a ridge south of the town of Ypres (Ieper today) captured by 12 British, Australian and New Zealand divisions on 7 June 1917. Thanks to careful planning, the capture of Messines Ridge was a stunning success and paved the way for the main attack later in the summer by removing German forces from the dominating ground on the southern face of the Ypres Salient. New Zealand suffered 3,000 casualties and 700 deaths at Messines (Mesen today).

A number of ceremonies, events and activites were planned to mark the centenary of this battle. Here's how you can learn more about this significant chapter in New Zealand's Western Front campaign: