New Zealand's Western Front Campaign

By Ian McGibbon

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Between 1914 and 1918 New Zealand fought the bloodiest and most traumatic campaign in its military history. In this, the first scholarly overview of NZ's biggest campaign since the first official history in 1921, NZ historian Ian McGibbon challenges the myths that exist about New Zealand's effort and throws new light on aspects of our involvement on the Western Front. Meticulous research, careful analysis and a clear narrative make this book a benchmark of military history and it will be the cornerstone reference for many years to come. It covers participation in all its facets: the battles are described in detail, and placed in the wider context of the conflict. The tedium of trench warfare, the terror of going over the top in major attacks and the exhilaration of taking part in the open warfare that concluded the campaign are all part of the story.
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286 x 210 mm, 408 pages, full colour, over 100 illustrations, including specially commissioned maps, hardback with jacket



Ian McGibbon

DR IAN MCGIBBON ONZM was formerly General Editor (War History) at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. He has published extensively on New Zealand's war history, including the two-volume official history of New Zealand's involvement in the Korean War and the official history of combat operations in the Vietnam War. He edited the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History (2000), and is the author of battlefield guides to both the Western Front and Gallipoli. He was New Zealand's representative on the tri-nation historical and archaeological survey of the Anzac Battlefield at Gallipoli 2009-14. Since 1981 he has edited the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs' journal New Zealand International Review. He was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to historical research in 1997.