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Click below for the six part documentary series on ‘The Liberation of Le Quesnoy’ that dropped on the NZ Herald site in early November 2018 - being the time of the centenary commemoration. Jude Dobson researched, wrote, co-directed, presented and produced the content.
The WW1 New Zealand led liberation of Le Quesnoy, in northern France on 4th November 1918 was an extraordinary event. With no loss of life to the French civilian population, this is a town that has never forgotten their Kiwi liberators. Preserving life meant a decision not to fire over the ramparts of this walled town, and for that the locals were (and still are) forever grateful. Drums of hot oil being projected onto the ramparts to create a smoke screen, and entering by ladder over the inner most wall (after conquering a series of outer walls) is a unique feature of this almost medieval type liberation. All of which happened just a week before the war would end, with the loss of 142 New Zealand lives.