Story: First World War

New Zealand soldiers at Flers, 1916

New Zealand soldiers at Flers, 1916

The first major battle of the New Zealand Division on the Western Front was 23 days of action on the Somme in September and early October 1916. The Allies made a big new push following the failure of their offensive in July 1916. The New Zealanders, shown here in a trench during the September battle, helped capture the village of Flers but the push itself petered out.

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Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Western Front, 1916 to 1917', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012