Author(s): Ian McGibbon
The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Military History provides a fascinating window into a key aspect of New Zealand's experience. It contains more than 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 in military affairs, such as Te Rauparaha, Gustavus von Tempsky, Charles Upham, Ettie Rout, Bernard Freyberg, and John Stark. The weapons and equipment that have been used in New Zealand military operations all receive attention, and the development of the armed services is traced. There are substantial essays on the impact of war on religion, science and technology, and industry, as well as on the pervasive effects of military activities on New Zealand's culture: its language, literature, art, and films. It is supplemented with 150 photographs and more than forty maps, as well as lists of important office-holders. It is a must for students, specialists, and anyone interested in New Zealand's military history and the effect of war on its society.