Doco on NZ’s part in lib­er­a­tion

Waipa Post - - News -

This year is the 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day, when The Great War ended on Novem­ber 11, 1918.

NZME is pay­ing trib­ute to those lost and the mo­men­tous events that led to the end of the war with an NZ On Air funded doc­u­men­tary se­ries, The Lib­er­a­tion of Le Ques­noy.

The doc­u­men­tary se­ries tells the story of the New Zealand-led lib­er­a­tion of a small French town Le Ques­noy a cen­tury ago, and a mere week be­fore the end of the World War I.

Un­like many other lib­er­ated ar­eas, there was no loss of life to the French civil­ian pop­u­la­tion; some­thing that the town has never for­got­ten.

Along­side his­to­ri­ans, au­di­ences will hear au­dio ex­cerpts from the let­ters and di­aries of those lib­er­ated at Le Ques­noy, read by their rel­a­tives or as­so­ciates.

NZME Plan­ning Edi­tor An­drew Laxon said that the doc­u­men­tary se­ries re­ally brought home the size of the role New Zealand played on the Western Front.

“The lib­er­a­tion of Le Ques­noy hap­pened only a few days be­fore the end of the war, so it isn’t as well-known to New Zealan­ders as more fa­mous cam­paigns such as Gal­lipoli or Pass­chen­daele. This doc­u­men­tary shows just how vi­tal the Ki­wis were and looks at some key men who were in­stru­men­tal in free­ing the city.”

The six-part se­ries will be re­leased daily on nzher­ald.co.nz/WWI, and re-re­leased in full on the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Le Ques­noy on Novem­ber 4. The doc­u­men­tary se­ries was cre­ated by Jude Dob­son of Home­grown TV with fund­ing from NZ On Air.

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