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check out Tim Shoebridge’s book Featherston Military Training Camp and the First World War, 1915–27.Did you know that around two thirds of New Zealand troops in the First World War trained in Featherston Camp, a purpose built facility in the Wairapapa?

Featherston Camp was New Zealand’s largest training camp during the First World War, where around 60,000 young men trained for military service on European battlefields between 1916 and 1918.

At its peak, Featherston Camp could sleep and feed more than 9000 men, and train them to be infantrymen, artillerymen, cavalry, and machine gunners. The government used the camp as a German prisoner of war camp and military hospital in 1918-19, and as a storage facility from 1919-26.

If you’re interested in finding out the history of the camp, why it was built and what life was like for the men who trained there, check out Tim Shoebridge’s book Featherston Military Training Camp and the First World War, 1915–27.

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