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

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On 10 December 1918, in what became known as ‘The Surafend Incident’, New Zealand, Australian and British soldiers raided a Palestinian village named Sarafand al-Amar and killed about forty Arab civilians in retaliation for the murder of a New Zealand soldier. In this article, historian Terry Kinloch explains what happened.

Why did New Zealand soldiers use a minimising, laconic style to describe being wounded?

Those lucky enough to be born towards as peace was coming were sometimes given peace related names.

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.

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.

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

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?

Did you know that the Kiwis, the Tuis and the Pierrots entertained New Zealand troops during the war?

On the centenary of New Zealand's entry into the Somme, historian Ian McGibbon looks at the toll the battle took on the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and the men who survived.

Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian at Manatū Taonga – the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, asks how the commemoration of Anzac Day has changed since it was first observed in 1916.

How were Germans treated in New Zealand during the First World War?

After eight months of hardship, the New Zealanders’ occupation of Gallipoli came to an end in December 1915. What did the New Zealanders think about the withdrawal from Anzac?

Ten New Zealand nurses drowned when the Marquette was torpedoed on 23 October 1915. Why were they and other medical personnel transported through submarine-infested waters on an ordinary ship rather than a hospital ship?

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.

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

Beating the boredom: ennui was one of the Army's biggest enemies on board the Main Body troopships.

Steve Watters questions how we might remember the whole war during the centenary, not just the Gallipoli landings.