Title: The Maoris In The Great War – A History of the New Zealand Native Contingent and Pioneer Battalion – Gallipoli 1915 France and Flanders 1916 – 1918
Author: Cowan, James
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2004
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 180 pages
Comments: A fascinating history of New Zealand’s Maoris in the great war, which, befitting their reputation as warriors, stretched from their baptism of fire at Gallipoli’s Anzac Cove to the western front.
The Maori baptism into modern warfare was the landing at Anzac Cove and the battle on Sari Bair. Following the evacuation, the survivors were sent to the Western Front where they took part in most of the major ‘pushes’ through to the end of the war. James Cowan had an affinity for the Maori and wrote warmly of their achievements as warriors.