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Great War Stories 3 - Peter Howden Television (Full Length Episode) – 2016 Documentary War

Great War Stories 3 - Peter Howden

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2016 Documentary War

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Peter Howden’s daily letters to his wife Rhoda during World War I provide one of the most comprehensive accounts of what life was like for a Kiwi soldier in the trenches at Passchendaele in Belgium. In his letters, read in this short documentary by his great-grandson, he tells of camping out within the sightline of the enemy, dugouts formed in disused trenches, and the treacherous terrain the soldiers had to navigate. Howden would fall victim to a gas attack which left him blind, and eventually caused his death on 17 October 1917. 

...when he gets a telegram with news that Rhoda has given birth to their son, he's ecstatic.
– Hilary Barry describes Peter Howden's reaction to news from home