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A very RARE & guaranteed 100% GENUINE WW1 era New Zealand TUNNELLERS Company N.Z. Engineers Shoulder Title

Made by JR Gaunt London

The New Zealand Engineers Tunnellers Company was formed on 12th September 1915, & was the first New Zealand unit on The Western Front

The unit was disbanded on 24th April 1919

A specialist unit (part of the Engineers).

The New Zealand Tunnelling Company formed in October 1915 was made up mainly of experienced miners. It worked exclusively on the Western Front from March 1916 until the end of the war, serving separately from the rest of the New Zealand Division. It conducted mine warfare in 1916 before switching to preparing underground caverns around Arras

The Tunnelling Company worked on underground accommodation & bunkers in the Arras area until July 1918, when it became engaged in engineering work such as bridge building during the Advance to Victory

Armed with picks & shovels, the men of the NZETC were quite separate from the New Zealand Division, & had a specific role – to dig and drive tunnels beneath enemy obstacles & trenches

The ultimate goal was usually to lay explosives that would wreak destruction from below

However, tunnels could also be used as a way to move soldiers into strategic positions, ready to attack, or to secretly listen in on enemy conversations & gather intelligence

Because the tunnellers required skill & experience, they tended to be older – their average age was 32

In March 1916, the NZETC became the first group of New Zealanders to arrive on the Western Front

They continued to work entirely in France during the war, alongside the British Third Army

Provenance = sold by premiere UK auction house Wallis & Wallis



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