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New Zealand

New Zealand shared many World War experiences with its larger Pacific neighbor Australia. Yet there existed just as many differences which could not be erased by the fact that the troops of both states fought in joint contingents like the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) for most of the war. The military organization before the war was based on a territorial militia established in 1909, with a total strength of 25,000 men. Under the military service laws, the stationing of these soldiers overseas was prohibited unless they volunteered. When war broke…

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Grey, Jeffrey, “New Zealand”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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