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The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 played an important part in making New Zealand the nation it is today. The heavy sacrifice of life has affected the country for generations, and annual remembrances of Anzac Day are still dominated by these battles ninety years ago. It has been over twenty years since the last book to tell the full story of Gallipoli from the New Zealand perspective; now we have a fresh new account that adds significantly to our understanding of what happened during those fateful months.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Extensively illustrated with Photographs and Maps | 320 Pages |
Summer, 1940. The Battle of Britain rages in the skies as the RAF clashes with German Luftwaffe forces in a to-the-death conflict for mastery of the air; success will lead to a crucial advantage for whichever side emerges victorious.
What most people don’t know is how much of a vital impact New Zealand and Australian airmen had in this ferocious struggle – Dogfight reveals the inspiring story of the 171 Anzac soldiers thrust headlong into the Battle of Britain. It is a tale of who they were, their fears and friendships, and how the war put their skills to the ultimate test.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook| 224 + 8 Insert Pages |
2008 History finalist in the Montana Book Awards. First published eight years ago to enthusiastic reviews and critical acclaim, this classic celebrated readable scholarship is now available in paperback. Telling the story of the mounted riflemen in Sinai and Palestine, Devil’s on Horses uses the soldiers’ original letters and diaries to describe the crucial battles against the Ottoman Turkish Forces.
The horses play a major part in the story, but of the thousands of faithful animals involved, only one would ever return home. By then the war was over and the Turkish Empire had been destroyed. The Anzac soldiers and their horses had played a vital role in securing the victory.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Back & White | 408 Pages |
A comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and II ANZAC Corps during World War I. While Godley is generally remembered as being a poor field commander, Terry Kinloch argues that he was in fact a capable one who had little or no ability to influence the failed battles at Gallipoli and Passchendaele that he is often seen as responsible for. Kinloch also presents, for the first time, a detailed account of Godley’s long pre- and post-World War I career in the British Army. After the war Godley returned to the British Army, eventually reaching the rank of general before retiring in 1933. During his 48-year military career, he also served on operations in Rhodesia and South Africa, as a mounted infantry instructor, in the post-war British occupation force in Germany, and as the Governor of Gibraltar.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook Download | 328 Pages
Germany’s Master Tactician
A history of one of the world’s greatest armoured warfare commanders, Hermann Balck (1897–1982). During World War II, he commanded panzer troops brilliantly, and we follow his exciting journey through the fields of France, mountains of Greece and steppes of Russia. It is also the story of a cultured and complex man with a great love of antiquity and classical literature, who nevertheless willingly fought for Hitler’s Third Reich while remaining strangely detached from the horrors around him.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook Download | 304Pages
False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas — part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale. Their remarkable voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic.
False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Approx. 50 Black & White photos and maps | 368 Pages |
The end of the Great War and the shaping of history
An original account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century. With an historian’s eye for clear headed analysis combined with incredible attention to detail, the Australian War Memorial’s Ashley Ekins presents a compelling account of the world’s first ‘great war’ and its legacy.
Many believe this War set the pattern for the large-scale violence, devastation and genocide witnessed throughout the wars of the 20th century.
Specifications: eBook | 328 Pages
The True Story of Two Airmen at War Over Germany
They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled, deadly. In the treacherous night skies above wartime Germany, an RAF bomber from New Zealand and a Luftwaffe pilot hunt their targets, passing each other in the darkness.
Stephen Harris wanted to discover the truth about his great-uncle’s exploits during WWII; he never imagined it would lead to meeting the pilot from the other side. Under a Bomber’s Moon reaches across the divide of years and countries to tell the story of these two brave men, describing both the breathtaking clashes in the air and the camaraderie, patriotism and personal tragedies that became their war.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 16 Pages Photographs | 224 Pages |
In 1999, idealistic 23-year-old Registered Nurse Sharon Bown left her comfortable family life in Tasmania and joined the Royal Australian Air Force with the aim of providing humanitarian aid to the world.
Through her 16-year military career she deployed on three operations, barely survived a helicopter crash, struggled to return to military service, mixed in political circles in Canberra and around the world as Aide de Camp to the Minister for Defence, and commanded a combat surgical team during some of the most intense fighting in Afghanistan.
From teaching East Timorese orphans to learn English to tending to wounded Coalition soldiers choppered into her surgical team from deadly battles on the Afghan dust, Sharon’s story is that of a sheltered civilian RN becoming a military Nursing Officer and a commander.
Her military service was unique, varied and far-reaching but came at the cost of her physical and mental health. A broken back, shattered jaw and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are the price she has paid for a remarkable and inspirational career in the Royal Australian Air Force.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Approx. 30 Colour Photographs | 248 Pages |
When the news broke that Britain had declared war against Germany, New Zealand was quick to follow suit. In the weeks after, thousands of New Zealand men – brothers, husbands, friends, fathers – left their ordinary lives and stepped into new identities; almost overnight, they became soldiers. They did so with characteristically kiwi frankness, with humour and a wry cynicism that is captured profoundly in A Job to Do.
This wonderful collection of first-hand accounts, drawings, memoirs and verse from soldiers of ‘The Div’ is a revelatory window into their personal experiences of wartime that showcases the courage the Division became famous for.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 368 Pages | Cartoons, Line drawings and Photographs
One of the greatest tragedies in Australian military history occurred at Gallipoli on 7th August 1915, when hundreds of soldiers were repeatedly ordered to charge the massed rifles and machine guns of the Turkish enemy. It was a bloodbath, a hopeless endeavour that has been the subject of considerable scrutiny by historians.
This new edition of Peter Burness’ classic book features arresting new photographs, maps and information. In it, he examines the formation, training and character of the regiments involved and devotes careful attention to considering how, and why, the suicidal charges were allowed to continue when all hope of success was lost.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 168 + 8pp Insert Pages |
From Northland to Stewart Island, remnants, reminders and traces of the First World War can still be found in New Zealand. Stories are waiting everywhere, if you know where to look.
Although no battles were fought here, the Great War intruded into the life of every New Zealander – the country’s landscape is signposted with thousands of memorials and a legacy waiting to be heard. Illustrated with new and period photographs and fascinating maps, this unique book reveals the landscape of war beneath and opens your eyes to the stories and legacy hidden around you.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook| 288 Pages |
New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War
The First World War, with all its appalling mistakes and tragic waste of life, has the capacity to horrify even a century after its end. No country, even New Zealand, escaped its reach. This illuminating collection brings together essays by distinguished historians discussing many aspects of the country’s participation in ‘the war to end all wars’.
From the complex reasons NZ became involved, the social and cultural repercussions and the experiences of soldiers on the battlefields, New Zealand’s Great War offers a groundbreaking examination of the lasting effects of such a devastating global conflict.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook| Photographs | 678 Pages |
Sir Geoffrey Cox described Sidi Rezegh, fought during Operation Crusader in Libya over November and December 1941, as ‘the forgotten battle of the Desert War’. The objective of Crusader was to retake Cyrenaica, the eastern region of Libya, and ultimately drive the Italians and Germans out of North Africa. The campaign also involved British and South African troops, and did achieve the badly needed relief of Tobruk.
Despite the New Zealand Division’s major role, and the importance of this campaign in achieving British victory in North Africa, it has largely been neglected by historians, failing to receive as much attention as Crete, El Alamein or Cassino. Yet more New Zealand soldiers were killed or taken prisoner during Crusader than in any other campaign fought by ‘the Div’ during the war.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook| 240 Pages |
The New Zealand soldiers who left these shores to fight in the First World War represented one of the greatest collective endeavours in the nation’s history. Over 100,000 men and women would embark for overseas service and almost 60,000 of them became casualties. For a small nation like New Zealand this was a tragedy on an unimagined scale.
Using their personal testimony, this book reveals what these men experienced – the truth of their lives in battle, at rest, at their best and their worst. Through a comprehensive and sympathetic scrutiny of New Zealand soldiers’ correspondence, diaries and memoirs, a compelling picture of the New Zealand soldier’s war from general to private is revealed. This is not a campaign history of dry facts and detail. Rather, it examines minutely the everyday experience of trench life in all its shapes and forms.
Written in an accessible style aimed at the interested general reader, the book is the product of a substantial amount of research. The text is complemented by a range of maps, illustrations, graphs and diagrams.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Black & White (150 photographs, 9 maps, plus diagrams) | 720 Pages |
Portraits of New Zealand Commanders
Is there a distinctive style of New Zealand command? An examination of New Zealand military commanders and the style of New Zealand command is long overdue, and this superb new book now fills the gap. Glyn Harper, Joel Hayward and a team of top military historians profile the most important commanders in New Zealand history, both Maori and Pakeha, from the nineteenth century to the recent past. Each writer is an expert on the commander concerned, with the subjects drawn from all three arms of the defence forces: Army, Navy and Air Force.
The commanders profiled are: Alexander Godley, Andrew Russell, Edward Chaylor, Keith Park, Bernard Freyberg, Howard Kippenberger, Peter Phipps, Harold Barrowclough, Arthur Coningham, Leonard Thornton, Maori Battalion commanders and commanders of the infantry battalions of the 2nd New Zealand Division.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook| Photographs | 252 Pages |
Medicine and the Trauma of Conflict
Throughout history, war has been an accelerator of advances in medical treatment and surgery. A unique and thoughtful examination of medical practice during conflicts ranging from the First World War to the current situation in Afghanistan, War Wounds covers advances in wound treatments, pain management, and the prevention and control of disease in the field.
This riveting book collects the incredible and often harrowing stories and first-hand recollections of military medical practitioners and veterans, alongside explorations from historians and researchers, considering the colossal impact of war, wounds and trauma.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Approx. 30 Photographs | 240 Pages |
The war in the South Pacific saw some of the most grueling fighting of World War Two. Conditions were unpleasant- fetid heat, torrential downpours and hostile flora and fauna- while the Japanese enemy were ruthless and would often fight to the last man. Amphibious warfare, jungle warfare and the need to co-operate with our American ally all meant that new demands were made on New Zealand soldiers. Yet the war in the South Pacific came to be seen as an easy war, generally overlooked (with the exception of Guadalcanal) by historians.
From ignorance of what the soldiers were called upon to endure, the notion arose that service in the South Pacific was somehow less worthy than the ‘real war’ in Europe against the Nazis. This attitude continued in the post-war world and today the soldiers of 3NZ Division are all but forgotten. Pacific Star sets the record straight, shedding new light on the sacrifices and tribulations which the soldiers of 3NZ Division had to endure in the service of the Allied cause.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | black & White | Approx. 60 Photographs + 5 Maps | 232 Pages |
The Diary of Herbert Hart: Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele as they happened
Herbert Hart’s diary is an unrivalled and gripping account of life on the front lines of the First World War. Hart commanded the Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign and went on to serve as a commander on the Western Front for two brutal years.
One of the most important personal sources relating to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, this riveting record of his experiences during the great battles of Gallipolli, the Somme and Passchendaele tells an extraordinary tale of combat and the wartime reality of NZ soldiers, with unexpected humour and captivating detail.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook| Photographs | 336 Pages |
The Great War diaries and letters of William G. Malone
Gallipoli – a brutal bloodbath, one that is branded on the New Zealand consciousness, a tragic symbol of the enormous losses suffered by so many during the First World War. Lieutenant-Colonel William G. Malone has long been recognised as one of NZ’s finest officers, renowned for his wise leadership as commander and famous for heading the capture and heroic defence of Chunuk Bair.
In No Better Death, the moving story of William Malone’s war is told through his detailed diaries and letters to loved ones. This fascinating collection offers precious insight into the thoughts of a national hero and the terrible reality of Gallipoli.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 376 Pages |