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Christchurch cavern, Arras, 1917 (1st of 3)

Christchurch cavern, Arras, 1917

The New Zealand Tunnelling Company made a significant contribution to the capture of Vimy ridge in April 1917. They built a series of caverns and tunnels which allowed forces to advance undetected. The company named the tunnels after New Zealand cities, in this case Christchurch.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Western Front, 1916 to 1917', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012