New Zealand’s history of fighting in European wars has been critical to its ongoing relationship with European nations. Here New Zealand troops march through Bailleul, a French town near the border with Belgium, in May 1917. Marching behind a band playing trombones, trumpets and drums, they are returning from training. About 18,000 New Zealand men died during the First World War, two-thirds of them in France and Belgium.
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