Exciting news folks – my book The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is being released today.
It’s my first military title in years. In it, I ask one question: what did New Zealand’s two biggest campaigns of the First World War do to those who fought them? Exploring that answer spans nearly 400 pages as I trace the social experience of the First World War on the Kiwi soldiers who, largely, fought it in just two massive ground campaigns. The numbers involved were such that this experience was socially shaping to New Zealand as a whole – an issue I explore in
Professor Tom Brooking at Otago University has this to say:“Well written, balanced, superbly organised and up to date: this is an ideal introduction to New Zealand’s encounter with the malestrom of the First World War for students, teachers and the general public.”
The foreword is by a friend of mine, Christopher Pugsley – New Zealand’s top military historian, and a former senior lecturer at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. “Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and most readable historians…” Modesty prevents me quoting more…
The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is a developed second edition of my earlier book Shattered Glory – revised, re-cast and re-argued, with all-new coverage of the casualty figures, taking the tale up to the 2015 centenary of Gallipoli. That edition was picked up as a text in university courses: we’ll see where this one goes.
The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is being published by Oratia Media and will be available in all good New Zealand bookshops next week. International readers can buy from the publisher. More soon.