General New Zealand Military History

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THE OXFORD COMPANION TO NEW ZEALAND MILITARY HISTORY
Ian McGibbon (ed.)
ISBN9780195583762
$110.00

This Oxford Companion contains over 650 individual entries written by a range of contributors. All the main campaigns and wars since 1800 are covered, along with the men and women who made their mark on New Zealand military affairs. Scarce.

Oxford University Press, Auckland, 2000. Hardback with dust jacket. 653 pages. SECONDHAND


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FOR KING AND OTHER COUNTRIES
Glyn Harper with Christine Clement and Rebecca Johns
ISBN9780995102996
$59.99

The story of New Zealanders who were enlisted with foreign nations in WWI. Includes soldiers as well as New Zealand doctors and nurses.

Massey University Press, Auckland, 2019. Hardback with no dust jacket. 373 pages. NEW


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SCARS ON THE HEART Two Centuries of New Zealand at War
C. Pugsley, L. Barber, B. Mikaere, N. Pricket and R. Young
ISBN1869533011
$47.50

The well illustrated story of New Zealand at war from the mid 19th century to the present, based on the Auckland Museum exhibit of the same name.

David Bateman Ltd., Auckland, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 309 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE TERRITORIALS History of the Territorials and Volunteer Forces of NZ
Peter Cooke and John Crawford
9781869794460
$55.00

A complete history of citizen soldiers from the colonial militia, the various volunteer forces, the world wars to the Territorial forces of today. Extensivly illustrated.

Random House, Auckland, 2011. Hardback with dust jacket. 496 pages. NEW


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TO THE MEMORY, NEW ZEALAND'S WAR MEMORIALS
Jock Phillips
ISBN9780947503024
$59.99

The history of the more than 1000 war memorials, dedicated to the dead from the Land Wars onwards. Includes the social and artistic meanings of the monuments and buildings commemorating the fallen.

Potton and Burton, Nelson, 2016. Hardback with dust jacket. 246 pages. NEW


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LEST WE FORGET A Tribute by New Plymouth Boys' High School
Jack West
ISBN0473029863
$65.00

"Commemorating the men of New Plymouth Boys' High School, New Zealand, pupils once, who during the world conflict of 1939-45 gave their lives for their Country that freedom, democracy and decency should prevail." Illustrations.

New Plymouth Boys' High School Centennial Trust, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 392 pages. SECONDHAND


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IN DEFENCE OF OUR LAND A Tour of New Zealand's Historic Harbour Forts
Russell Glackin
ISBN9780143011866
$37.50

The harbour forts of New Zealand are little known and can be found throughout the country, built between 1870 and 1945 when the possibility of enemy warships in our waters was real.

Penguin NZ, Auckland, 2009. Softback. 143 pages. SECONDHAND


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GUNNERS' STORY
Guy C Bliss
610211911
$55.00

A short history of the artillery volunteers of Christchurch 1867-1967. Illustrated with photographs. A letter in the front states this was a limited edition of 350 copies. Some sun fading to the covers.

Canterbury Artillery Officers' Mess, Christchurch, 1970. Softback. 80 pages. SECONDHAND


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WITH HONOUR OUR ARMY, OUR NATION, OUR HISTORY
Richard Wolfe
ISBN 9780670045655
$32.50

New Zealand's rich and interesting military history told through the collections of the QEII Army Memorial Museum at Waiouru.

Penguin Viking, Auckland, 2007. Hardback with dust-jacket, illustrated. 207 pages. SECONDHAND


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SHORT, BACK AND SIDES. A HISTORY OF BURNHAM CAMP 1923-73
Donald McFarlane
ISBN9780473137618
$47.50

Short Back and Sides A History of Burnham Camp 1923-73 by Donald McFarlane. Dedicated to all those who have served at Burnham Military Camp, including wives and families, the title of the volume also acknowledges the New Zealand Army's insistance on cleanliness and freedom from head lice or disease. NEAR FINE COPY

Caxton Press. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. SECONDHAND


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BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD
Gerald Hensley
ISBN9780670074044
$65.00

Beyond the Battlefield, New Zealand and its Allies 1939-45. Auckland, Penguin/Viking in association with the National Army Museum, 2009.

Hardback with dust-jacket, 415 pages. NEW


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BLUE WATER KIWIS New Zealand's Naval Story
Mathew Wright
ISBN9780790008172
$47.50

Recounts the story from its beginnings in the 1880s, the Empire naval stategy, HMS New Zealand, the emergence of the RNZN in 1941 and post-war history. Fully illustrated.

Reed Publishing NZ Ltd., Auckland, 2001. Hardback with dust jacket. 237 pages. SECONDHAND


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PORTRAIT OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY
Grant Howard with paintings by Colin C Wynn
ISBN1869340272
$47.50

A Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration. A wonderful illustrated account of the navy from Cook's voyages, the numerous naval visits during the pre-Treaty period, and the contribution made to the British Empire by our naval forces. Scientific research journeys also covered. The paintings by Wynn are very nice, and there are numerous other illustrations and photographs. Plastic cover over dust jacket taped down at endpapers.

Grantham House Publishing, Wellington, 1991. Hardback with dust jacket. 152 pages. SECONDHAND


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AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND WARSHIPS 1914-1945
Ross Gillett
ISBN0868240958
$55.00

Traces the development of the two navies from the start of the great war to the end of world war two with the emphasis on the ships, technical aspects and the weapons carried. Numerous photographs and comprehensive specification tables. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.

Doubleday Australia Pty. Ltd., NSW, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 360 pages. SECONDHAND


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AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND WARSHIPS SINCE 1946
Ross Gillett
ISBN0864790228
$42.50

Detailed information on the full range of NZ and Australian Naval vessels, including construction and purchasing of vessels. A chapter on radar developments, and one n the Fleet Air Arm. Includes tugs, lighters, landing craft etc.

Pacific {Publishers, Auckland, 1988. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. SECONDHAND


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MUTINY! Naval Insurrections in Australia and New Zealand
Tom Frame and Kevin Baker
ISBN9781865083513
$37.50

A comprehensive study of a sucession of Australasian insurrections, why they occur and their outcomes. Illustrated.

Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 2000. Softback. 283 pages. SECONDHAND


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FIGHTING SPIRIT; 75 YEARS OF THE RNZAF
Margaret McClure
ISBN9781869796105
$75.00

A history of the Royal New Zealand Air Force from early days training pilots for the RFC, up to the cut-backs and disbandment of the Skyhawk squadrons.

Random House New Zealand, Auckland, 2012. Hardback with no dust jacket. 336 pages. SECONDHAND

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SWIFT TO THE SKY
Errol W. Martyn
ISBN9780670074396
$47.50

Traces the development of New Zealand's military aviation through the collections of the Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

Penguin Books NZ Ltd., Auckland, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 232 pages. SECONDHAND


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SEEK AND DESTROY The History of 3 Squadron RNZAF
Paul Harrison
ISBN9780947506452
$85.00

The history of the service and servicemen of this squadron which began as a Territorial Squadron before seeing service in the South West Pacific during WWII. Disbanded it was then reinstated in 1965 as a helicopter squadron, and serves military and civil defence roles. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Oratia Books, Auckland, 2018. Hardback with dust jacket. 334 pages. NEW


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HOBSONVILLE PORTRAIT OF A SEAPLANE STATION
Bee Dawson
ISBN9781869419783
$47.50

Originally built for RNZAF seaplanes in Waitemata Harbour, 'Hobby' became a close-knit community for staff and their families. A record of the military and social life on base.

Random House New Zealand, Auckland, 2007. Softback. 192 pages. SECONDHAND


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REGULAR SOLDIER
Frank Rennie
ISBN0864811705
$47.50

A life in the New Zealand Army, an autobiography and a history of fifty years of service in the New Zealand army from his enlistment in 1937. Illustrated.

Endeavour Press, Auckland, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 316 pages. SECONDHAND


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REGULAR SOLDIER
Frank Rennie
ISBN9781877427350
$47.50

An autobiography and a history of fifty years of service in the New Zealand army from enlistment in 1937. Illustrated. First published in 1986.

Willsonscott Publishing Ltd., Christchurch, 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. 330 pages. SECONDHAND


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VOICES FROM A BORDER WAR. BORNEO 1963-1965
Robert Gurr
ISBN9781877427282
$55.00

An account of the part played by 1st Batallion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in the confrontation with Indonesia in the Malaysian Borneo states of Sarawak and Sabah written by the commanding officer. First published 1995, this edition 2009.

Willson Scott Publishing, Christchurch, 2009. Hardback with dust jacket. 187 pages. NEW


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THE GOAT HUNTER, HO CHI MINH: A KIWI RUINS HIS WAR
Billy Barnz
ISBN 0958253579
$37.50

A baby-boomer relates his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War and the difficulties he faced in settling back into conventional Kiwi life afterwards. Christchurch.

Willson Scott Publishing Ltd., Christchurch, 2004. Softback. 239 pages. SECONDHAND


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OPERATION EAST TIMOR
John Crawford and Glyn Harper
ISBN0790008238
$37.50

An illustrated of the New Zealand Defence Force operations in East Timor 1999-2001. This copy has a presentation inscription to title page.

Reed Publishing NZ Ltd., Auckland, 2001. Softback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND


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CRAFTSMEN IN UNIFORM The Corps of Royal NZ Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Peter Cape
110280203
$95.00

An interesting and illustrated account of the origins and history of the corps. Illustrations and folding maps. Very scarce.

Corps of the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Wellington, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 198 pages. SECONDHAND


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MUSTANGS OF THE RAAF AND RNZAF
Peter N. Anderson
ISBN0589071300
$55.00

Traces the design, development, history and operational use of the Mustang from inception to retirement with the RAAF and the RNZAF. Includes deployment in the Korean War. Coloured plates. Scarce.

A.H. and A.W. Reed, Sydney and Wellington, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 107 pages. SECONDHAND


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CHANGE OF THE ENSIGN
Gerry Wright
ISBN9780473198381
$25.00

On 20 June 1968 the Royal New Zealand Navy hoisted the New Zealand White Ensign for the first time. This book is about the ships and naval establishments on that date.

Gerry Wright, Wellington, 2012. Softback. 84 pages. NEW


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THE STAFF, THE SERPENT AND THE SWORD NZ Army Medical Corps
Ken Treanor
ISBN9781877427190
$59.99

The Staff, The Serpent and the Sword: 100 Years of the New Zealand Army Medical Corps by Ken Treanor. The book covers the early beginnings in 1908 up to it's present service in Timor, the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. 

Willson Scott Publishing, Christchurch, 2008. Hardback with dust-jacket, illustrated, 318 pages. NEW


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NEW ZEALAND MILITARY NURSING
Sherayl Kendall and David Corbett
ISBN0473009110
$85.00

A history of the NZ Army Nursing Service and later the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps from the Boer war to 1990. Includes many interesting photographs and a roll of all nurses who saw military service in the period covered. This copy signed by boath authors. Scarce.

Kendall and Corbett, Auckland, 1990. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 240 pages. SECONDHAND


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1ST BATTALION ROYAL NEW ZEALAND INFANTRY REGIMENT
Paul Koorey, editor
ISBN9781877427169
$95.00

1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment edited by Paul Kooney. This is the jubilee history of the regiment with illustrated accounts of all its deployments and operations. The slipcased edtion was limited to 250 copies. THIS COPY has hand penned calligraphic limitation note to title page stating number 164/250.

Willsonscott Publishing Ltd., Christchurch, 2007. Hardback with dust jacket in a slip-case. 344 pages. NEW


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THE RIFLEMAN 2ND/1ST BATTALION RNZIR 2010
anon.
510290113
$35.00

Publication of the 2nd/ 1st battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry for 2010. Includes small piece on their role in the Canterbury earthquake cordon (September 2010). Roll of honour, Nominal roll, exercises, overseas deployments, recreational activity etc. A4 laser printed, includes colour photographs.

2nd/1st Battallion RNZIR, December 2010. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND


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AUCKLAND INFANTRY
Peter Cooke, John H Gray and Ken Stead
ISBN9780473174521
$75.00

The Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly's Own) and North Auckland Regiments, and of the Citizen Soldiers who served New Zealand. A complete history from Militia days in the 1840s. Includes all major campaigns fought in up to the present.

 3rd Battalion (Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly's Own) and Northland) Regimental Association Inc., Auckland, 2010. Hardback with dust jacket. 576 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE SAPPERS ASSOCIATION (NZ) INC. 1960-1985
Seymour Jack
ISBN0473002973
$47.50

A systematic account of the origins and progress of the Sappers Association and relates facts and events as they have been recorded from 1960 to 1985. Scarce. Slight wear to cover.

The Sappers Association (NZ) Inc., Auckland, 1985. Softback. 242 pages. SECONDHAND


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ALL FORMED UP A History of Wellington RSA, 1916-2007
Peter Cooke
ISBN9780958285513
$40.00

One of many RSA branches Wellington has been one of the most influential because of its capital location. This is the story of events and individuals that have shaped its history.

Ngaio Press, Wellington, 2008. Hardback with dust jacket. 231 pages. NEW


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PENALTIES ON CONSCIENCE
Lincoln Efford
6102707
$42.50

An examination of the defaulters detention system in New Zealand. A study of the official policy towards conscientious objectors in New Zealand with reference to Great Britain. Includes official regulations.

Lincoln Efford, Christchurch, 1945. Softback. 60 pages. SECONDHAND


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WE WILL NOT CEASE The Autobiography of a Conscientious Objector
Archibald Baxter with foreword by Michael King.
ISBN9780908561919
$32.50

First published in England in 1939 this is Baxter's account of his experiences at the hands of the New Zealand authorities during World War One. First published in 1939 this is a reprint with foreword by Michael King.

Cape Catley Ltd., Auckland, 2012. Softback. 216 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE PRISON DIARY OF A C BARRINGTON
Edited by John Pratt
ISBN9781927322314
$32.50

Dissent and conformity in wartime New Zealand. Archie Barrington was imprisoned in Mount Crawford prison during the Second World War as a Conscientious Objector, and kept a hidden diary.

Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2016. Softback. 199 pages. SECONDHAND


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IN PRISON
Ormond Burton
81020113
$35.00

Burton discusses his Christian pacifism and conscientious objection to military service during WWII, his time in prison, and his views on prison reform. He served at Gallipoli and France and was awarded the Military Medal in WWI but was disillusioned by the Treaty of Versailles and was a vocal pacifist.

AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1945. Softback. 162 pages. SECONDHAND


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THIS LIFE WE HAVE The Diary of a New Zealand Soldier (Killed in Action)
T Le Cren with foreword by E M Lovell-Smith
510250222
$125.00

The Diary of a New Zealand Soldier (Killed in Action) Relating His Experiences in the Beyond. "This simple and artless diary of a New Zealand soldier boy, who found himself projected out of his body into a land of peace and beauty, " Purporting to be received psychically and published by the Psychic Research Society of Christchurch. Bagnall attributes this to T. Le Cren. Rear wrapper is partially detaching from the spine. Scarce booklet with a tenuous military history connection!

Psychic Research Society, Christchurch, (1946), Softback. 71 pages. SECONDHAND


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WHERE THE PRIZE IS HIGHEST
G. Bryant
210201301
$32.50

The stories of the twenty-eight New Zealand men who have been awarded the Victoria Cross from 1864 to 1945.

Collins Bros. & Co. Ltd., Auckland, 1972. Hardback with dust jacket. 181 pages. SECONDHAND


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IN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY
Glyn Harper and Colin Richardson
ISBN9781869505226
$35.00

The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Awards during the NZ Wars, and awarded to New Zealand forces overseas, from the Boer War to WWII. THIS COPY is signed by both authors.

HarperCollins, Auckland, 2006. Softback. 272 pages. SECONDHAND


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SHOOTING FROM THE SHADOWS
Michael 'Wings' Williams
ISBN9780994132307
$75.00

'Wings' recounts his experiences in the NZSAS and after, including service in Borneo, Vietnam, and instructing National Service and Territorial Force cadets.

John Douglas Publishing, Waikanae, 2019. Hardback with dust jacket. 233 pages. NEW


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DARE TO WIN
W D Baker
ISBN9780850912777
$32.50

The history of the New Zealand Special Air Service, includes selection and training, and equipment. Includes SAS involvement in Malaya, Thailand, Borneo and Vietnam.

Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 107 pages. SECONDHAND


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WILLIE APIATA VC The Reluctant Hero
Paul Little
ISBN9780670073207
$37.50

Lance Corporal Willi Apiata was awarded the Victoria Cross during action with the NZ SAS against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The story of his life and soldiering. FINE COPY.

Penguin Viking, Auckland, 2008. Hardback with dust jacket. 255 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE FALLEN
Don Mackay
ISBN9780473126902
$35.00

Compiles biographies of Southland men killed in action during the South African War and the two World Wars. Restricted to men from Riversdale, Wendon, Wendonside and Waikaia.

Riversdale-Waikaia RSA, Gore, 2007. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND


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NEW ZEALAND AND THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
J Bryant Haigh and A J Polaschek
ISBN0473024063
$125.00

A record of New Zealanders and those associated with New Zealand, appointed as Companions of the Distinguished Service Order. Divided into the three arms of service plus a section for ex-patriate D.S.O.s. This copy is signed by both the authors.

A and H Print Consultants Ltd., Christchurch, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 468 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE COMPLETE N.Z. DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL
Alan Polaschek
120
$70.00

The Complete N.Z. Distinguished Conduct Medal. An Account of the New Zealand Recipients of the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Covers the South African War, World Wars 1 & 2, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. First published as a limited private edition in 1978, this revised edition in 1983. Christchurch, Medals Research, 1983. Signed by the author.

Medals Research. Hardback with dust-jacket. 359 pages. SECONDHAND


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NEW ZEALAND DRESS REGULATIONS 1852-1909
Barry O'Sullivan
ISBN9780473483272
$85.00

Militia, Volunteer, Constabulary and Permanent Forces of the Volunteer Period, with photographs of uniforms in service and from collections. Limited to 250 numbered copies. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Barry O'Sullivan/ Defence of NZ Study Group, Wellington, 2019. Softback. 480 pages. NEW


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NEW ZEALAND ARMY Personal Equipment 1910-1945
Barry and Matthew O'Sullivan
ISBN9789582535950
$140.00

NZ Army Personal Equipment 1910-1945 by Barry and Matthew O'Sullivan. Numerous illustrations, a must have guidebook for military collectors. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge for overseas destinations.

Willson Scott Publishing, Christchurch, 2005. Hardback with dust-jacket, 352 pages. NEW


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NEW ZEALAND ARMY Uniforms and Clothing 1910-1945
Barry and Matthew O'Sullivan
ISBN9781877427190
$140.00

New Zealand Army Uniforms and Clothing 1919-1945. Numerous illustrations, a comprehensive reference book for militaria collectors, historians and those interested in the history of clothing in New Zealand. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge for overseas destinations.

Willson Scott Publishing, Christchurch, 2010. Hardback with dust-jacket. 394 pages. NEW


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ORDERS DECORATIONS AND MEDALS AWARDED TO NEW ZEALANDERS
Geoffrey P Oldham and Brett Delahunt
ISBN047301016X
$32.50

An illustrated guide with current (1991) market values. Includes military and civil awards.

Geoffrey P Oldham, Auckland, 1991. Softback. 116 pages. SECONDHAND


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RNZAF BASE WIGRAM 1916 TO 1995
Compiled by Squadron Leader Paul Harrison
91025081
$30.00

A potted history of the aerodrome at Wigram issued to mark the closure of the RNZAF Base. Well illustrated. Stapled folded sheets on glossy paper.

RNZAF News Special, 1995. Softback. 59 pages. SECONDHAND


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NZPAF RNZAF AIRCRAFT COLOUR SCHEMES Volume 1
Warren P Russell
ISBN0473001195
$55.00

New Zealand Permanent Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force Aircraft colour schemes. Markings, photographs and histories, useful for aircraft model makers and historians. Photographs and diagrams but not in colour.

New Zealand Aero Products, Invercargill, 1982. Softback. 136 pages. SECONDHAND


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FOR YOUR TOMORROW
Errol W Martyn
ISBN9780473128296
$95.00

This work documents in detail all New Zealanders who have died whilst serving with the RNZAF or Allied Air Services since 1915. Vol. III details all fatal casualties from 1943 onwards, plus appendices and brief biographical facts. Special casebound limited edition of 300 numbered copies, signed by the author. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Volplane Press Publication, Christchurch, 2008. Hardback with dust jacket. 640 pages. SECONDHAND


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FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL
Chris Maclean
ISBN0477018521
$42.50

A history of the National War Memorial in Wellington. Details the design, planning, building and opening of the Carillon.

Heritage Group, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1998. Softback. 64 pages. SECONDHAND


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AFTER THE WAR The RSA in New Zealand
Stephen Clarke
ISBN9780143574057
$45.00

The role of the Returned Services Association from its inception in post Gallipoli 1916 to the present. Focus on ANZAC Day services, war memorials, rehabilitation, and political involvement.

Penguin Random House, Auckland, 2016. Softback. 288 pages. SECONDHAND