Title: New Zealand’s Great War – New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War
Author: Crawford, John and McGibbon, Ian
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2007
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 678 pages
Comments: New Zealanders have long remembered the First World War as their ‘Great War’.
Described as ‘the most traumatic event in New Zealand’s history’, this war was responsible for more New Zealand deaths, both in relative and absolute terms, than any other conflict. In particular, the Gallipoli campaign appears to be indelibly etched in the nation’s collective memory as a bloody touchstone for the forging of a distinct New Zealand identity.
Drawing on presentations at a 2003 conference (‘Zealandia’s Great War’), this collection explores an impressive range of issues associated with this war experience. The 32 chapters are grouped within four broad categories: wider political, social and international perspectives; operational and combat experiences; social dimensions of the war effort; and the home front.