Le Quesnoy – The story of the town New Zealand saved.


This paper back book is written by Glyn Harper and illustrated by Jenny Cooper.

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This is the story of how a group of New Zealand soldiers saved a small town in northern France.

The town’s name is Le Quesnoy and it is an old town surrounded by high walls and deep trenches.  During the First World War, the German army took over the town and remained within its walls for four long years.

In November 1918 when the town was liberated by soldiers from far-away New Zealand, not a single civilian life was lost.  This happened because Le Quesnoy was liberated in a very surprising and ingenious way.

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.