EDITED BY: Nathalie Philippe, with Christopher Pugsley, John Crawford, and Matthias Strohn
PUBLISHED BY: John Douglas Publishing
From author Katherine Mansfield on the Western Front to rugby played by Kiwi troops, from the plight of French civilians under German occupation to New Zealand artists’ perceptions of the war, from the New Zealand Tunnelling Company’s secret mission to the testimonies of veterans’ families, this book focuses on multiple aspects of the First World War.
The First World War ended for the New Zealand Division near the old walled fortress town of Le Quesnoy in Northern France on 11 November 1918. The war had a cataclysmic impact on New Zealand which echoes to this day. It had an even greater impact on France, especially Northern France, which endured much of its countryside and towns being in turn occupied by the German Imperial Armies and then devastated in the battles to force their withdrawal.
This book by a diverse group of French, German and New Zealand writers and researchers examines the differing perceptions of the wartime experience, climaxing with the battle before Le Quesnoy and the scaling of the town walls by the soldiers of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 4 November 1918. (From book cover)