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New Zealand Artillery in the Field 1914-1918

Byrne, J R

Editorial: Whitcombe and Tombs, Auckland, 1922
Condición: G+ Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Efficient and effective artillery has long been a prerequisite for success on the battlefield, whether operating offensively or on the defensive. The story of the field artillery of the NZ Division in WWI exprains how it won accolades for its accurate shooting, which one of its commanders said could be "guaged from the regard in which the New Zealand infantrymen held their own gunners." Lieutenant Byrne's regimental history of the NZ Division's field gun component begins with its formation and despatch to Egypt late in 1914, only about three months after war was declared. Until 1916 the NZ Division operated under the command of the Australian Army forces and its commander, General Birdwood described the arrival on Gallipoli of four little (NZ) 4.5in howitzers which" were the only howitzers of any description on the whole of the front held by my army corps --- and real stout and yeoman work they did for us." So began a long war for the NZ gunners who were sent to the Western Front after the withdrawal from Gallipoli. There, the NZ troops, includuing the artillerymen, were involved in many of the conflict's most notable campaigns such as The Somme, Messines, Passchendaele, Ypres, Amiens, the final German offensive to the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line and Les Quesnoy, just before the Armistice was signed. And the cost to the gunners --- 37 officers killed in action, 17 died of wounds and six from other causes, respective figures for other ranks are 411, 254 and 129, the total gunner casualties being 3207. This fine history records the experiences, feats and successes of the NZ Divisional gunners in WWI. First edition of 1922 from Whitcombe and Tombs, illustrated throughout with b/w photographs, including portraits, 10 maps (9 being fold-out), honours and awards listed at back, errata slip tipped in on contents page. Dark blue hard covers are G with two red stripes at top corner, faded gilt titles to spine, gilt artillery badge decoration to the front board, the front spine hinge is worn over its full length with a small worn section at rear spine base, wear to corners. The front cover is faded with few marks, both boards are tightly attached and the text block is VG++, no inscriptions. (The rear hinge wear is about 2cm, otherwise the back hinge is virtually without wear. The spine flap remains firmly secured at the rear hinge.) Size: 22.5cm By 14.5cm. N° de ref. de la librería 005095

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Título: New Zealand Artillery in the Field 1914-1918

Editorial: Whitcombe and Tombs, Auckland

Año de publicación: 1922

Encuadernación: Hard Covers

Ilustrador: Photos, Maps

Condición del libro:G+

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: 1st.

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