Get Inspired / Europe / France France: Historic Battles Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / France France: Historic Battles story by: Inspire Magazine Anyone who has seen New Zealand and France battle it out on the rugby pitch over the years will know tensions can run high between these two sporting nations. But the strong bond between these countries goes far beyond these epic clashes – history reveals they are more used to fighting side by side than against each other! World War I In World War I, the Kiwis showed their warrior spirit by entering the conflict without hesitation, despite geographical limitations and the country’s small population. New Zealanders and Australians fought alongside the Allied Powers in the Battle of the Somme – a battle that would tragically claim over one million lives. Today, you can visit the moving Longueval Memorial that marks the spot where Kiwi troops liberated the village of Flers from German occupation during the Somme’s Battle of Flers-Courcelette in 1916. Take part in a fascinating tour along the Western Front, where you can learn more about the selfless ANZAC contributions made to one of the bloodiest wars in human history. D-Day at Normandy France was again at the centre of conflict for World War II, with Normandy the site for the now iconic D-Day beach landings. The successful operation saw British, American and Canadian troops launch direct attacks on German troops from the west, while the Russians advanced from the east. D-Day is often considered the tipping point of WWII, forcing Adolf Hitler to fight an unwinnable war on two fronts. Within 11 months the war was over. No Kiwi ground troops landed in Normandy, but they played an important part in providing air and naval support for the operation. By visiting Dunkirk, Bayeux and the Normandy beaches, it’s almost impossible not to appreciate the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives fighting in the war. HOT TIP! A DAY TRIP... to Polygon Wood in Ypres is a must for Kiwis keen to learn more about ANZAC involvement in the First World War. To find out more call 0800 180 117, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore! > Click here for all Inspire UK & Europe articles > Click here for all HOT deals to the UK & Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.