New Zealand and ‘The Catastrophic Year 1917’

  • Glyn Harper


Military historian Glyn Harper claims that what Major General J.F.C. Fuller described as the ‘catastrophic year 1917’, was without doubt the worst year of the war for the Allies and New Zealand. In 1917 the Germans achieved victory on the eastern front while the allies floundered in all their main theatres of war. Harper’s chapter outlines what happened on the battlefields of 1917 on both the western front and in the Sinai-Palestine campaign and why the Allies’ military plans went awry. It focuses primarily on the fortunes of the New Zealand Division which was involved in some of the year’s critical military actions and concludes that the experience of 1917 left an enduring legacy for New Zealand.


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  • Glyn Harper
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  1. 1.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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