Story: First World War

Zeitoun camp, Egypt, 1914–15

Contrary to expectations, the main body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force did not go straight to Europe, but disembarked from their ships at Alexandria in Egypt and went by train to Zeitoun, near Cairo. This short excerpt from the National Film Unit 1973 series, 'The years back,' shows the troops arriving in Alexandria and then training with their horses in the desert sands around the camp.

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Reference: The years back: the twentieth century. National Film Unit, 1973.

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How to cite this page:

Ian McGibbon, 'First World War - Gallipoli and the war against Turkey', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012