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11
Jun
2024
Newmarket (Inc)
Epsom Community Centre
200 Gillies Ave
Epsom
Auckland,  1021
New Zealand

Greg Moyle will be speaking to us about Le Quesnoy story WW1

 

The story of Le Quesnoy has become one of the most famous in New Zealand military history and the strong relationship between Le Quesnoy and New Zealand continues to this day.

 

 

In WW1, the New Zealand division served gallantly on the western front. It saw action on the Somme, Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, and Passchendaele. In 1918 the division was at the forefront of the British 3rd army during the 100 days offensive. Following actions at Baupame,  Cambrai and ultimately Le Quesnoy.
 
The problem with Le Quesnoy was that it was a fortress with significant ramparts, bastions and other defensive works. 
 
This is the story of how the New Zealand Division managed to capture the city in the last days of WW1, and the locals' enduring affection for NZ and NZers, and how Greg has been paramount in creating NZ's only WW1 museum in Europe.
This is a great story and Greg tells it well.
 
Penny and Warwick Leyland visited LeQuesnoy in 2019 and were enthralled by its fortress, its history and NZ street names (even Helen Clark Road!),