'The fighting has been and is very stern and hard here, but New Zealand's lads and men have proven themselves the equal of the best soldiers of the world.' - Colonel William Malone, commander of the Wellington Battalion, Quinn's Post, Gallipoli, 15 July 1915 The first of its kind for New Zealand - a lavish, landmark production - New Zealand and the First World War dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Featuring over 500 images, many previously unpublished, the book comes with a host of memorabilia- fold-out maps posters booklets letters postcards The complete story of New Zealand's war is brought to life in dramatic detail - our front-line experiences overseas as well as those on the home front, from the outbreak in 1914 to demobilisation in 1919. This terrible conflict was not restricted to faraway battlefields like Gallipoli and Passchendaele - it had an unparalleled impact on New Zealand society, touching nearly every family, every street and every community. Until now, no single history has explored New Zealand's role in the First World War with such breadth and colour. A defining history for a new generation.
'This is the trailblazing history for the war's centenary. It is a brilliant achievement and one every family should have in its home ...It answers the obvious and not so obvious questions and will delight every age. It is a triumph.' --Christopher Pugsley, New Zealand Listener
Dr Damien Fenton is an Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. His interests include Australian and New Zealand military history and he has worked in this area as an academic and a public historian in both countries. He completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus). Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2008, Fenton worked for both the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs on projects related to the Second World War, the Korean and Vietnam wars and the First Gulf War. His first book was A False Sense of Security- The Force Structure of the New Zealand Army 1946-1978 (Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 1998). He was also a contributor to American historian Spencer S. Tucker's (ed.) Encyclopedia of World War I- A Political, Social, and Military History (ABC-Clio, 2005). His other major publications are To Cage the Red Dragon- SEATO and the Defence of Southeast Asia 1955-1965 (NUS Press, 2012) and The Anzacs- An Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli (Penguin Group NZ, 2012). From 2008 to 2013, Fenton was employed by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage where he wrote New Zealand and the First World War, 1914-1919 (Penguin, 2013 - sh