World War I

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World War I began when Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Serbia on June 4, 1914. When Germany allied with Austria-Hungary and invaded Belgium, the United Kingdom declared war. As a dominion of the UK, New Zealand also joined the war. New Zealand troops captured German Samoa and moved to Egypt for training. They fought in the Middle East and on the Western Front, securing key victories in Palestine and northern France. After breaking the Hindenburg Line, the Allies advanced into Germany and secured the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918. Over 100,000 New Zealanders served in the war, and 18,000 lost their lives.

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Fold3, World War I (/collection/world-war-i-new-zealand : accessed January 17, 2021), database and images,

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