Category: New Zealand Division, New Zealand Army, World War I

Categories: New Zealand Army | New Zealand Army, World War I | Battle of Ypres | Battle of Messines (1917) | Battle of the Somme

The New Zealand Division (1914-1919) Formed after the Gallipoli campaign when the New Zealand Infantry Brigade was brought up to division strength by reinforcements from home. Formed in Egypt in 1916 under the command of Major-General Andrew Hamilton Russell it was then transferred to the Western Front where they saw action in the Battle of the Somme; Battle of Messines; Battle of Broodseinde Ridge.

During the Battle of Passchendeale the division would suffer a brutal defeat including the worst day for any New Zealand combat force to date with 845 killed and 2700 wounded on 12 October, 1917.

In 1918 the New Zealand Division emerged as one of the strongest Dominion divisions during the Allied offensives which eventually brought Germany to the point of suing for peace. The division also served on occupation duties in Germany after the War before being disbanded in 1919.


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Person Profiles (11)

01 Oct 1893 Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand - 13 Jul 1950
16 Dec 1894 Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand - 22 Jan 1983
31 Oct 1879 Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand - 02 Jan 1958
20 Sep 1893 Highcliff, Otago, New Zealand - 03 May 1915
1886 Adelaide, South Australia, Australia - 07 Aug 1915
25 Apr 1895 New Zealand - 16 Jul 1983
1890 New Zealand - 27 Feb 1922
23 Oct 1872 - 07 Aug 1915
20 Jun 1896 Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand - 08 May 1947 photo
1890s - 1970s Privacy Level: Private with Public Biography and Family Tree (Yellow) photo
23 Feb 1868 Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand - 29 Nov 1960 photo




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