25 Apr 2023

NZ soldiers in Sinai

From Anzac Day, 9:46 am on 25 April 2023

The Anzacs tasted nothing but defeat at Gallipoli but later on New Zealand soldiers were involved in victories over what was then the Ottoman Empire. One such place was the Sinai desert - which sits at the eastern edge of Egypt next to Israel. From April 1916 to January 1917 New Zealand troops took part in a series of battles in Sinai which pushed the Turks back towards Gaza. Now, New Zealand soldiers operate in the same part of the world as peacekeepers. They've been there for 40 years as part of a multinational force to monitor compliance of the peace treaty between Israel and Eygpt, after a war between the two in 1973.