Author(s): Damien Fenton
The first of its kind for New Zealand - a lavish, landmark production - New Zealand and the First World War dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Featuring over 500 images, many previously unpublished, the book comes with a host of memorabilia including fold-out maps, posters, booklets, letters, and postcards. The complete story of New Zealand's war is brought to life in dramatic detail - our front-line experiences overseas as well as those on the home front, from the outbreak in 1914 to demobilisation in 1919. This terrible conflict was not restricted to faraway battlefields like Gallipoli and Passchendaele - it had an unparalleled impact on New Zealand society, touching nearly every family, every street and every community. Until now, no single history has explored New Zealand's role in the First World War with such breadth and colour. A defining history for a new generation.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Book Awards: Illustrated Non-Fiction 2014.
Dr Damien Fenton is a senior historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in Wellington, New Zealand. He completed an MA in Defence and Strategic Studies at the University of Waikato in 1998 and a PhD in history at the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales in 2006. His interests include Australian and New Zealand military history and he has worked in this area as an academic and a public historian in both countries. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2008, Fenton worked for both the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs on projects related to the Second World War, the Korean and Vietnam wars and the First Gulf War. His first book was A False Sense of Security: The Force Structure of the New Zealand Army 1946–1978 (Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 1998). He was also a contributor to American historian Spencer S. Tucker's (ed.) Encyclopedia of World War I: A Political, Social, and Military History (ABC-Clio, 2005). His other major publication is To Cage the Red Dragon: SEATO and the Defence of Southeast Asia 1955–1965 (NUS Press, 2012). Fenton's New Zealand and the First World War, 1914-1919 was published by Penguin in 2013, in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.