Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War

The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War
By Christopher Pugsley
Published by Oratia Books
ISBN: 978-0-947506-00-1
Paperback, $45.00

The Anzac Experience is an ambitious work that traces the evolution by trial and area of the New Zealand army, as well as Australian and Canadian forces, from the South African War to the First World War. 

A Montana Book Awards finalist when it was first published in 2004 and now in a new edition, Christopher Pugsley’s brilliant work tells the story of citizen armies becoming professional as they took the lessons of the Gallipoli landings and applied these to the Western Front – becoming the fighting elite of the British armies in France.

Reviewing for The Journal of Military History, Allan Converse described the book as ‘one of the best works of Australasian military history I have ever read’. 
Written in Pugsley’s trademark clear and concise style, with plentiful maps and photos, this is a work that is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand New Zealand’s military contribution one hundred years ago.

About the author:
Christopher Pugsley is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished military historians. Formerly a Lieutenant-Colonel in the New Zealand Army, he was a lecturer in military studies in New Zealand and Australia, and retired in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Among his recent works are the fifth edition of Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story and A Bloody Road Home: World War Two and New Zealand’s Heroic Second Division. He is Historical Director of the exhibition ‘Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War’ at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, which is current attracting record-breaking crowds.

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