Search Called For Lost New Zealand Battle Film

THE HUNT is on to find long-lost Great War footage of New Zealand troops in action on the Western Front.

From the outset, as New Zealand’s soldiers went overseas, efforts were made to document them. First filmed at Gallipoli by Ellis Bartlett in 1915, efforts to film the troops continued and two years later Henry Armytage Sanders was appointed as New Zealand’s official photographer on the Western Front. Sanders, nicknamed ‘Movie’ by the troops, documented the actions at Messines, Passchendaele and in the Hundred Days Offensive - frequently from forward positions.

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