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New Zealand Soldiers of ‘The Div’ Write About Their World War Two
What was it really like for the soldiers of 2 New Zealand Division in WWII? How did they spend their time and how did they see their lives as servicemen, from training at home and sailing off to war, to setting up camp, relaxing off-duty, fighting in hostile environments and possibly being taken prisoner? This anthology is a personal selection of material describing the experiences of these men, with the great majority of the collection written from within its ranks.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 242 x 184 mm | 368 Pages | Cartoons, Line drawings and Photographs
Anzac Ted is the powerful, poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. Battered, torn, missing an eye and an ear, he might look scary but he’s got a great story to tell. For Anzac Ted went to war, keeping soldiers company and giving them comfort. And while he never won a medal, and now doesn’t even attract a single vote at classroom Toy Shows, if only everyone looked a little deeper: ‘They’d see a hero, plain as day Who sits upon my bed. A hero, who saved me and you. His name … is Anzac Ted.’
While several children’s picture books cover the world wars, none has ever made the conflict so accessible to children by telling the story of a bear who went to war. Belinda’s exquisite watercolour illustrations combine with her rhyming text to create a book that, while perfect for parents and teachers to share with children, is also guaranteed to touch the heart of every adult.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | 32 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: Paperback | 234 x 153mm| Photographs | 252 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: Paperback | 234 x 151 mm / 9 ¼ x 6 Inches | 240 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: Paperback | 246 x 189 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ Inches | Back & White | 408 Pages |
The Battle of Britain
This book tells the story of Australians and New Zealanders in one of the Second World War’s defining and most memorable campaigns. From July until October 1940, the German air force (the Luftwaffe) sought aerial supremacy in skies over England as a prerequisite for an invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion). The ensuing conflict of Luftwaffe and RAF aircraft in the long summer of 1940 became forever known as the Battle of Britain.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153mm | 9¼ x 6 in | 224 + 8 Insert Pages |
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: Paperback | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ mm | Extensively illustrated with Photographs and Maps | 320 Pages |
When troops from Great Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and India landed on a strategic peninsula in the Aegean Sea in April 1915, they believed they would quickly defeat Turkey and shorten the war with Germany. Few foresaw the tragedy that lay ahead and no one predicted the impact Gallipoli would have on the later development of the participating nations.
Now, for the first time, Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far tells the full story of the climactic battles from multiple perspectives, describing the pivotal events of that momentous year as they affected all the countries involved.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ⅕ Inches | 8 Pages of Photographs & Maps | 336 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: Hardback (cased with jacket) | 240 x 160 mm / 9 ½ x 6 ¼ Inches | Black & White (150 photographs, 9 maps, plus diagrams) | 720 Pages |
New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War
In 32 essays by distinguished military historians from around the world, various aspects of New Zealand’s involvement in WWI are discussed. Subjects include the Pioneer Maori Battalion, women who opposed the war, the early years of the RSA, Gallipoli, the infantry on the Somme, New Zealand’s involvement in the naval war, prostitution and the New Zealand soldier, the Home Defence, religion in the First World War, and the Armistice.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153 mm | Photographs | 678 Pages |
The living history of the New Zealand home front in World War I is bought alive here with vivid text, words, photographs and maps showing military bases, internment camps, railway lines, brothels, uniform factories, docks, soldier settler farms, and much more including memorial buildings and trees.
New Zealand forts and defensive works are revealed and much can be seen and visited today. This book shows the enormous and continuing impact of the war from its beginning to beyond the armistice.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 288 Pages |
The Great War diaries and letters of William G. Malone
Perhaps the greatest leader of men during the Gallipoli campaign, Lieutenant-Colonel W. G. Malone was commanding officer of New Zealand’s Wellington Battalion at Gallipoli. Renowned for his humanity and his superb leadership, he played a key role in the successful assault on Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915, but was killed later that day. ‘No Better Death’ reproduces Malone’s impressive and often moving correspondence and writings, along with many striking images.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 376 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: Hardback, case and jacket | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ Inches | Black & White | Approx. 60 Photographs + 5 Maps | 232 Pages |
The Diary of Herbert Hart
Brigadier-General Herbert Hart commanded the NZ Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of the Gallipoli campaign, then served on the Western Front. Throughout the war he kept a diary, in which he recorded his experiences in the great battles on Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele. As a first-hand account of life in the firestorm of WWI,Hart’s diary is widely regarded as one of the most important personal sources relating to the war, both combat and life behind the frontline.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | Photographs | 336 Pages |
A Gallipoli Tragedy
On 7 August 1915, in an ill-fated attempt to break the stalemate at Gallipoli, hundreds of Australian light horsemen repeatedly charged the massed rifles and machine-guns of the Turkish soldiers.
In this classic book, Peter Burness provides the best account ever published of the formation and training of the Light Horse regiments, the battle itself and a careful consideration of how the suicidal charges were allowed to continue when any hope of success was lost.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | 168 + 8pp Insert Pages |
The True Story of Two Airmen at War Over Germany
They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled and deadly. In the night skies above wartime Germany an RAF navigator-air bomber from NZ and a Luftwaffe pilot seek out their targets, as they cross each other’s paths. UNDER A BOMBER’S MOON reaches across the divide of years, of geography, of nationality, to tell their story largely in their own words – describing both the breathtaking clashes in the air and the camaraderie, humour, patriotism and personal tragedies that became their war.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback with Flaps | 234 x 153 mm | 16 Pages Photographs | 224 Pages |
Medicine and the Trauma of Conflict
The history of warfare and medicine are closely intertwined. War has been an accelerator of advances in medical treatment and surgery. This book is a collection of chapters by historians, medical practitioners and researchers, former and serving military medical officers, surgeons, nurses and veterans, who explore the impact of war, wounds and trauma through the historical record, reported narratives and personal experiences.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | Approx. 30 Photographs | 240 Pages |
Conflict on the Oceans – 1939 to 1945
World War Two at Sea highlights the key moments in the absorbing story of the conflict at sea since September 1939, where it raged without respite until the unconditional surrender of Germany and Japan just under six years later. Fully illustrated throughout with a fascinating mixture of historic photographs, maps, charts and specially-devised diagrams, this book examines all theaters of the naval war, from Europe to the Pacific.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | Colour | 208 Pages |
An Aerial View of the Global Conflict
‘World War Two From Above’ tells the amazing story of the daring photo-reconnaissance flyers and backroom boffins whose role was key in helping the Allies to win the war. Copiously illustrated with aerial photographs drawn form the archives of the major Allied and Axis powers, this book examines all theatres of the war, from Europe to the Pacific. The book includes ‘Before and After’ comparisons, maps and information about the key aircraft used by all the belligerent nations.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm |Full colour throughout | 208 Pages |
The Hidden Conflict – 1939 to 1945
World War Two in Secret is a fascinating exploration of the hidden stories behind the first truly technological war. From Bouncing Bombs to Atomic Bombs, from S.O.E to S.A.S and from radar to Enigma code-breakers, the book will lift the lid on all aspects of World War Two that were crafty, cunning, and covert, explaining the thinking behind their creation and the influence that top-secret weapons and strategies had on the outcomes of the war.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | 208 Pages |