ANZAC Israel 2017

The ANZAC Memorial in the Negev, Israel

In 2017 we mark the centenary of ANZAC Israel. NZFOI will be running monthly articles on aspects of the campaign and there will be a dedicated section on the NZFOI website to expand your knowledge of the campaign, highlight events, talks and tour options. 2017 is a very busy year for tourism in Israel with other key anniversaries including the Jubilee 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem on May 14th (May 2nd on Israeli Calendar).

During the year there will be events and lectures on the campaign and its significance around NZ and some collaboration with Australia. (See website). It will be a time to remind the public of the 246 NZ servicemen who gave their lives for that nation and are buried over there cementing the connection between our two nations and the huge numbers of defence personnel who have served on six month rotations as peacekeepers in the Sinai since 1982 as part of the MFO (Multinational Force and Observers) and on the Lebanese border under the UN banner. To find the names of the WWI soldiers and where they are buried go to Commonwealth War Graves (CWG) website site and type in Israel.

People wanting books to read can consult Devils on Horseback by Liet Col. Terry Kinloch or The official 1922 campaign history written by Lieut Col. C Guy Powles which can be found at http:/ or in your local library.

For further reading:

  1. Introduction to the ANZAC Israel Campaign 1917
  2. An overview of the Sinai-Palestine Campaign 1917
  3. ANZAC Campaign food – misery galore
  4. Sand, sand and more sand
  5. Gaza – Victory Snatched By Poor Intel