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Field Punishment No 1


About Field Punishment No 1

Field Punishment No 1 on TV ONE and TVNZ Ondemand

Field Punishment No 1 premieres on TV ONE on Tuesday April 22nd at 8.30pm

The war heroes we never heard about.

The First World War gave rise to New Zealand's first "conscientious objectors", men who declared their opposition to a war fought thousands of miles away and for which New Zealand men were being conscripted, many against their will.

This is the story of the fourteen of those men who were arrested and shipped off to war against their will, where on the battlefields and military prisons of Britain and France they were stigmatised and tortured in an attempt to break their spirit. New Zealand's most famous conscientious objector Archibald Baxter, father of James K. Baxter, was one of these men.

We follow the conchies' journey from their initial proud stance, through their time spent in prisons, punishment camps, an asylum for the insane and at the Front Line in France, until the end of the war heralds their return to New Zealand.

But not all of the fourteen returned home.

Made with the assistance of TVNZ and NZOA's Platinum Fund.