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Le Quesnoy

Le Quesnoy by Professor Glyn Harper


Written by Glyn Harper, this book tells the story of Le Quesnoy's liberation through the eyes of a child living in the town at the time. Stunning watercolour illustrations by Jenny Cooper and simple language make this an ANZAC picture book that young readers will be able to imaginatively engage with.

Le Quesnoy (pronounced Leck con wah) is a town in northern France. It is surrounded by high walls and deep trenches. In World War I it was occupied by the German army for four long years.

In November 1918 the town was liberated by soldiers from far-away New Zealand. Because these men used a bit of Kiwi ingenuity they were able to take the town back without a single civilian life being lost. This has become one of the most famous stories in New Zealand Military History and the relationship between Le Quesnoy and New Zealand continues to this day.

Glyn Harper is Professor of War Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is now General Editor of the Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War.