Sunday, 12 July 2015

War Trophy

In Waipawa, Hawkes Bay, there is an 1913 German field gun on display next to the war memorial. This gun has a story! Some soldiers from the First New Zealand Expeditionary Forces captured this field gun during World War 1, and it was brought here afterwards as a war trophy. It has been carefully restored by locals.

The Kiwi soldiers would have been proud to capture such a weapon. Below is a  colour-enhanced photo from 'The Great War' exhibition in Wellington showing some New Zealand soldiers celebrating after capturing a similar German field gun in France 1918. 

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