“This is a fine introduction to a war that still shapes our world” – Gavin McLean, Otago Daily Times, 24 April 2017
What did New Zealand’s two biggest campaigns of the First World War do to those who fought them? Exploring that answer spans nearly 400 pages as I trace the social experience of the First World War on the Kiwi soldiers who, largely, fought it in just two massive ground campaigns. The numbers involved were such that this experience was socially shaping to New Zealand as a whole.
“Well written, balanced, superbly organised and up to date: this is an ideal introduction to New Zealand’s encounter with the malestrom of the First World War for students, teachers and the general public” – Professor Tom Brooking, Otago University.
The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is a developed second edition of my earlier book Shattered Glory – revised, re-cast and re-argued, with all-new coverage of the casualty figures, taking the tale up to the 2015 centenary of Gallipoli. That edition was picked up as a text in university courses: we’ll see where this one goes.
The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is published by Oratia Media available in all good New Zealand bookshops, or online direct from the publisher