NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

Did you know that New Zealand's most skilled Great War airman was the first person to attempt a parachute jump from a Royal Flying Corps aircraft?

German historian Martin Bayer explains how the events of 1917 were decisive in determining the outcome of the First World War, as well as the course of twentieth-century history. 

Did you know that New Zealand mounted riflemen in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign spent their precious leisure time exploring sites of religious and historical importance?

100 years ago, Paul Barker's grandfather was fighting in the Palestine Campaign. What prompted him to write a book about this significant part of his family’s history?

For the Passchendaele centenary national commemoration, Wellington Girls' College student Brooke Kinajil-Moran prepared a speech inspired by the compassion shown by New Zealanders 100 years ago.

Historian Ian McGibbon explains how he determined the number of men who actually lost their lives as a result of the attack on 12 October 1917.

Thanks to Wellington City Council and the Belgian Embassy, the generous support Elizabeth Pinfold gave to Belgium's First World War refugees are now permanently remembered.

How did the New Zealanders’ horrific experiences at Passchendaele change the mood of reporting in the Chronicles of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force?

Did you know that at the outbreak of the First World War, New Zealanders helped the Belgians and earned themselves a magnificent collection of paintings?

Some 43,500 men chose to appeal their conscription during the First World War – representing around one-third of those called-up. Why did this large group of New Zealanders fight to stay at home?

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