18 Apr 2018

Sound Archives - Entertaining Kiwi troops in World War I

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:36 pm on 18 April 2018

During World War I, fighting by New Zealanders in France and Belgium meant serving in frontline combat positions in the trenches for a few days to a week at a time. 

In between, units were rotated back to ‘reserve’ positions, several kilometres away from the Front, where boredom was yet another enemy to contend with.

In an attempt to keep the troops entertained, concert parties were formed by the men, and in today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we will hear about the sort of entertainment they were enjoying 100 years ago.

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