Take a primus stove, a safety razor and some brass hinges. Mix them with a healthy dose of German ingenuity, and you’ve got the makings of a nifty navigational tool.

Tales from Te Papa is a fascinating series of mini-documentaries showcasing many of the exciting, wonderful and significant objects held in our national museum.

Tales from Te Papa was commissioned by TVNZ 7, in partnership with Te Papa.

All Tales from Te Papa episodes

Visit Te Papa’s Collections Online to find out more about World War 1

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