ON NOVEMBER 4, 100 years ago, soldiers from the NZ Division liberated the 17th century fortressed town of Le Quesnoy in northern France. Despite the loss of 142 New Zealand lives, no French civilian died, and the town was not destroyed. The soldiers from the NZ Rifle Brigade were able to gain entry to the town by using a 25-foot ladder. Two thousand German soldiers were captured inside the town.
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