National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Freyberg Gallery

Freyberg Gallery

Coming Soon – Tracing the Footsteps From Trentham

Soldiers on exercise at Rangiora (NAM1999.2564)

Soldiers on exercise at Rangiora (NAM1999.2564)

Opening in early November, this touring exhibition from Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre will tell the universal story of every New Zealand soldier and their preparation for battle.

It will provide an insight of what a soldier’s life in a New Zealand training camp would have been like and traces the footsteps of the many hereos of Gallipoli, France, Mesopotamia and Egypt who were trained at Trentham.

The exhibition will be on until the end of Jan 2015.

Papakura Museum – Harnessed: New Zealand’s War Horses

Throughout history, the horse has been used in battle. Whether it is to carry men into the fray or transport much needed stores and equipment to the front line, the trusted horse has been an integral part when man wages war.

Harnessed: New Zealand’s War Horses, focuses on our own war horses and how they took troops into battle in the Anglo-Boer War and World War I, how they were looked after and loved by the men, and at the war’s end, sadly, how they were left behind.

In fact, over 20,000 horses left New Zealand for the two wars, with only five returning home. In World War One, a staggering 8 million horses were killed (from all countries) and for many of us, the story of the horse in war is often overlooked.

The exhibition has travelled to Papakura Museum and will be on display until October.