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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.
The Hidden Conflict – 1939 to 1945
The Second World War may have been about tanks and ships and aircraft, about battles across the planet, about fire and explosions and global catastrophe, but it was also about the secret fights. This is the story of those gripping, hidden tales that lay behind the first truly technological war.
Lifting the lid on all aspects of WWII crafty, cunning and classified, this intriguing book discusses the advanced top-secret technology used by both Allied and Axis Powers. Illustrated with fascinating archive photographs, it explains the thinking behind covert operations and the creation of secret weapons, and the influence these had on the outcome of the war.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | 208 Pages |
An Aerial View of the Global Conflict
This is the incredible story of the battle waged in the skies to obtain accurate aerial intelligence during World War Two. Learn about the daring photo-reconnaissance pilots and spies who risked their lives to shoot these photographs, and the interpreters who pioneered a completely new science to reveal the secrets they contained.
Featuring dozens of amazing images drawn from the archives compiled by all the major fighting powers in the war, alongside inspiring, informative chapters that focus the pilots themselves, as well as on particularly crucial operations, this book is a fascinating examination of World War Two from above.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm |Full colour throughout | 208 Pages |
Conflict on the Oceans – 1939 to 1945
During the Second World War, battles raged not just on land and in the air but on the sea, and whichever side triumphed at sea would have an essential advantage; naval success was a crucial preliminary to the air and land campaigns that would lead to final victory.
This spectacular retelling of the naval history of WWII covers everything from submarine warfare in the Atlantic to major operations in the Pacific. With fascinating archive photographs and detailed information about significant operations, alongside some of the lesser-known aspects of the conflict, World War Two at Sea brings to life the ferocity of naval warfare.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | Colour | 208 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: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | Approx. 30 Photographs | 240 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: Paperback with Flaps | 234 x 153 mm | 16 Pages Photographs | 224 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: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 376 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 |
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 |
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
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 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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 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 |
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 or Hardback | 246 x 189 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ Inches | Back & White | 408 Pages |