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New Zealanders Share Their Stories
In this collection of memories sent in by families across New Zealand, you will find a rare insight into wartime life across generations and vocations. Fascinating and genuine, it is both a tribute to the resilience and bravery of those who served in WWII, and a historical account which will teach younger generations about the lives of their ancestors.
Descriptions are given by a solider lying in his tent, hearing bombs land close by; young school children explain what it was like to have bomb shelter practices at school; a Land Girl meets the farmer she would work with for the first time.
This book is a visually captivating compendium of photographs and written accounts, it provides a snapshot of what life was like during WWII, from the point of view of those who lived through it.
SPECIFICATIONS 280mm x 210mm | Hardback PLC | Illustrated | 296 pages | 9781775594314
John Boyd and the American Art of War
Colonel John Boyd, a maverick fighter pilot, revolutionized the American art of war but his research relied on accounts written by Wehrmacht veterans who fabricated historical evidence to cover up their participation in Nazi war crimes. The Blind Strategist separates fact from fantasy and exposes the myths of maneuver warfare through a detailed evidence-based investigation and is a must-read for anybody interested in American military history.
Specifications: 9781925820348 | Cover and Jacket | 234 x 151mm/9.25 x 6 in | 360 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: 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 |
The Man Behind the Myth
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
Displaced by war and conflict, a refugee family sets out on a voyage into the unknown.
Told in only a few words, this is the powerful story of a family fleeing their war-torn country and making a dangerous trip across the ocean to a new life in a new land.
‘Chaos’ begins the story, as the family escapes.
‘Wild’ is the midway point, as their boat battles through a storm.
‘Beauty’ is the sight of a green, beautiful land ahead of them.
‘Safe’ is the beginning of their new life in their new home.
Selected for the 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. A cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council! Congratulations to Robert and Andrea!
SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820034 | Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 inches | 32 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 |
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 |
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 |