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Western Front: The New Zealand Division in the First World War 1916-1918

 
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Sources agree that 100,444 NZers served overseas during the First World War. This number totalled 42 percent of all those of military age in NZ., at a time when the national population was just under 1,100,000. Of the total mobilised 12.4 percent were killed. The largest proportion of these men fought with the NZ Division on the Western Front. As the golden summer of 1914 gave way to a bitter autumn, men of the British Expeditionary Force reached Ypres. Both sides were exhausted by the fastest-moving war the world had yet seen. Within a few weeks the forces had settled into muddy trenches that defined the new face of combat. New Zealanders were caught in the maelstrom. Posted to France in 1916 after the failed effort to break into Turkey from Gallipoli, Kiwi soldiers of the NZ Division fought in the deadly battles of the Somme, Passchendaele, and the colossal spring offensive of 1918. More New Zealanders were killed here than at Gallipoli. These soldiers' experiences helped define twentieth century New Zealand. The poppy is the flower of the Western Front, a lasting symbol of New Zealand's war effort.

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Book Description Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Light shelf wear only. Very clean contents. The New Zealanders surged up the scaling ladders and over the top into the dawn mist. In November 2004, a soldier from the Western Front was chosen to symbolise all New Zealand's military heritage, underlining the way that our experience in Belgium and France between 1916 and 1918 speaks to us over the years and generations. Why did so many New Zealanders sail from the 'uttermost ends of the Earth' to die in muddy foreign soil? And were the tactics really as mindless as climbing out of a trench and walking very slowly towards the Germans until everyone was dead?. Seller Inventory # 022918

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Book Description Soft cover. Condition: Fine. Pictorial Card Cover/ Excellent clean copy/ Illustrated with b&w photographs and maps/ top head of spine is chipped and rubbed slightly, also light creases to bottom outer corner of cover/ inscription to and from on first title page ~ Western Front: The New Zealand Division in the First World War 1916-1918 ~ Matthew Wright tells us why in this no-holds-barred account of New Zealand's three-year hell-on-earth in Flanders and Picardy. Drawing on soldiers' diaries and letters, some published here for the first time, Wright paints the vivid, harrowing picture of a life-and-death struggle shared, over the span of the war, by more than 100,000 young Kiwi soldiers. Weight 0.7 g Size 236 mm by 211 mm. Seller Inventory # 000741

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