Story: First World War

New Zealand soldiers on the Somme, 1918

New Zealand soldiers on the Somme, 1918

On 21 March 1918 German troops broke through the allied lines and threatened to advance with devastating consequences for the outcome of the war. The New Zealand division played a significant role in blunting their attack.  Here Kiwi soldiers take a breather on the front line at La Signy Farm on 6 April 1918, the day after the major Battle of the Ancre.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection
Reference: 1/2-013089-G
Photograph by Henry Armytage Sanders

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Western Front, 1918', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34133/new-zealand-soldiers-on-the-somme-1918 (accessed 27 September 2017)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012