Further First World War stories

Although the commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War have come to an end, the war continues to be remembered and its stories continue to be told. The war is a huge, big subject which sometimes, to me, feels too massive to truly comprehend. Therefore it really is those individual or local stories…
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Anzac Day in Christchurch 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017 was Anzac Day. All our libraries were closed on this public holiday. Read our page on Anzac Day and Gallipoli to find out more about this commemoration. Commemorative services often begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial, where they are joined by other members…
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Armistice Day 2016

This year marks 98 years since "The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" - the moment when First World War hostilities ceased on the Western Front in 1918, with the signing of the Armistice. The 2016 Armistice Day RSA service in Christchurch is at 11am Friday 11 November on the Bridge…
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The Battle for Crete

This May sees another 75th anniversary from the Second World War with great significance for New Zealand. From 20 May to 1 June 1941 Allied Forces, including the 2nd New Zealand Division, took part in the ultimately unsuccessful but fiercely fought battle for Crete. That April the Germans had invaded Yugoslavia and Greece and as they had quickly occupied…
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