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The National War Memorial Park is being built for the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The war was fought from 1914 to 1918.
Memorial Park will open in time for Anzac Day 2015. On that day it will be 100 years since our young country’s first major battle in the First World War.
Anzac Day is named after the ANZACs. They were the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in the battle at Gallipoli in Turkey.
First World War
War broke out in Europe in August 1914. Britain asked New Zealand to seize German Samoa. This was New Zealand’s first involvement in the First World War. New Zealand forces also fought at:
The Gallipoli campaign
Over 120,000 men died in the Gallipoli campaign;
Twelve thousand five hundred New Zealanders died and thousands more were wounded fighting on the Western Front in Europe. New Zealand was involved in many campaigns including;
There were battles in Sinai and Palestine in 1916-18. They led to the Allied victory over the Ottoman Turks.
Many New Zealanders thought that going to war would be an adventure but the reality was very different. Image: Public Domain.
Life in the trenches was dangerous and difficult and often soldiers became sick because of the poor conditions they were living in. Image Public Domain.
New Zealand soldiers land at Gallipoli in 1915. Image Public Domain.