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National Army Museum

Issue 59: January 2017

January Despatches

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Food Glorious Food - An Army Marches on its Stomach Opens its Doors

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100 Years Ago: The Sinai Campaign Comes to an End

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A Red Cross Christmas for Prisoners of War

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Artefact of the Month: Fly Whisk, WWII

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What's On This Summer

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Online Shop

Food Glorious Food - An Army Marches on its Stomach Opens its Doors

Food Glorious Food - An Army Marches on its Stomach

Curator Windsor Jones helps guests navigate the interactive touchscreen.

Discover the world of food which fueled our Kiwi soldiers 100 years ago with our latest exhibition Food Glorious Food: An Army Marches on its Stomach. This interactive display takes us away from the battlefields and into the cook houses, French cafés and Home Front kitchens of WWI. The exhibition features touchscreens, smell boxes to conjure up the aroma of baking bread or blue cheese, and you can even make your own meal based on a 1915 recipe book!

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100 Years Ago: The Sinai Campaign Comes to an End

100 Years Ago: The Sinai Campaign Comes to an End

1993.1220. Ottoman prisoners after the Battle of Rafah, January 1917.

In December 1916 and January 1917 the New Zealand Mounted Rifles and New Zealand cameleers of the Imperial Camel Corps took part in two battles which brought the Sinai Campaign to an end. Allied victory was achieved at both the Battle of Magdhaba on 22 December and the Battle of Rafah on 9 January. The New Zealand Mounted Rifles played a particularly important role at Rafah, breaking through defence lines shortly before Allied forces were about to retreat. The successful completion of the campaign ensured the vital passageway of the Suez Canal was safely out of Ottoman reach.

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A Red Cross Christmas for Prisoners of War

A Red Cross Christmas: Prisoner of War Parcel, WWII

National Army Museum. Red Cross Parcel Box, WWII. 1996.1145

For some soldiers who had become Prisoners of War (POWs) during WWII, the coming of Christmas brought back memories of home and precious time spent with loved ones before the war. The British Red Cross sent out special Christmas parcels to supplement the often poor camp diets for POWs and bring a bit of Christmas cheer. Parcels such as this one held within our Social Accoutrements collection could include canned turkey, devilled ham, cherries, tobacco, a can of jam, a can of candy or a pack of cards.

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Artefact of the Month: Fly Whisk, WWII

Artefact of the Month: Fly Whisk, WWII

National Army Museum. Fly Whisk, WWII. 2016.41.7

A curiously carved fly whisk which belonged to Major Stewart Hardy during WWII is this month's featured artefact. It is believed that Major Hardy purchased this item at the markets in Egypt in an effort to deter the flies that swarmed in the desert heat. The carved handle is made of horn while the whisk itself is either horse or mule hair. It is used by flicking the whisk to swat the flies away, similar to the way a horse’s tail swishes when it feels a fly land on it.

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What's On This Summer

ANZAC by Laurence Aberhart

Photographer Laurence Aberhart brings together sixty photographs of WWI memorials throughout Australia and New Zealand. Closing soon on 17 January.

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Somme/Silk Road

Artist David Woodings traces the changing relationship with family of an unnamed soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916. On display until 6 February.

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Food Glorious Food: An Army Marches on its Stomach

The story of how and what the New Zealanders were fed as they fought to final victory during WWI. On display until March 2017.

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Animals at War Children's Activity Trail

From war horses to wandering turtles, discover the amazing creatures who've helped our soldiers at war.

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The Online Shop

The National Army Museum has recently opened a new online shop that sells a range of military books, DVD's, gifts and memorial related products.