Title: New Zealand Artillery in the Field 1914 -18
Author: Byrne, J R
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2004
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 313 pages
Comments: A broad narrative description of the contribution of the New Zealand Field Artillery during the Great War. Covers Gallipoli, the Ypres Salient, and the Somme.
The New Zealand Field Artillery’s experience in the Great War dates from December 1914 when its single brigade, consisting of three four-gun batteries, arrived in Egypt to train and prepare fpor the Gallipoli landings. The NZFA had the honour of being the first battery ashore at Gallipoli, on 26th April 1915. Later, greatly expanded, the NZFA went to the Western Front where it served at Armentieres, on the Somme and in the Ypres Salient, taking part in the fighting at Third Ypres (I Passchendaele). This is a full account of the service of a unit which was in the thick of the fighting.