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Can't find the book you want in your local bookstore? Try Bruce McKenzie Book Sellers Ltd, PO Box 727, Palmerston North, New Zealand. They have a wonderful range and post overseas. Email [email protected] or call in at 51 George Street, Palmerston North.

Committed to Escape - A New Zealand Soldier's Story. Daniel Riddiford's account of his life, from being captured at a 6th Field Regiment OP at Sidi Rezegh in North Africa in November 1941, until he rejoined the Allied Forces in Italy two years later. A must-have book in any military historian's library. Available from the Ruamahanga Press, PO Box 174, Martinborough ([email protected]). $29.95 per copy plus $4.50 postage & handling. Read about this book.

Wild Knights in No-Mans Land, an account of the Korean War by Bruce Matthews, an infantry officer who served alongside 16 Field Regiment, RNZA. Available in all good bookstores. Read several of Bruce's stories of Korea.

Kiwi Gunners in War and Peace, with stories from Gallipoli to East Timor. Order from www.studio16.co.nz/orders/kiwigunners/order.html. A5, 250 pages, with pictures.

Bearded Brigands, the diaries and photographs of Trooper Frank Jopling of the legendary Long Range Desert Group, is edited by Brendan O'Carroll and is another great Kiwi product from Ngaio Press. The book includes lots of maps and photographs and is beautifully presented, and this story of New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group during WW2 is one we should all read.
ISBN 0-9582243-2-3. Paperback, 216 pages, NZ$39.95. Published 2002 by Ngaio Press.
Visit the book's website and order it there for speediest delivery. You'll be pleased you did.

3 RHA at War, by Sgt Joe Dey, is due out early in 2002. It includes many regiments and corps from allied forces in the western desert and European campaigns.
Visit the website at www.goals-uk.fsnet.co.uk/book_offer.htm .

The Flak Jacket Collection, by Mike Subritzky, is a limited edition of NZ war poetry, so don't delay in ordering your copy from Mike Subritzky, 93 McNair Road, Te Awamutu, New Zealand (Email: [email protected]).
Only NZ$20. ISBN 0-9582228-8-6.
You can read some of Mike's work in the Poetry section of this website.

ANZAC Elite: The airborne and special forces insignia of Australia and New Zealand by Cliff Lord and Julian Tennant. ISBN 0-908876-10-6. For more information, leave this website and visit their website.

The Happy Warrior: An anthology of Australian and New Zealand military poetry, compiled by Warrant Officer Paul Barrett and Kerry B. Collison.
Proceeds to RSLs in Australia and RSAs in New Zealand. 524 pages.
Read the foreword by LtGen Peter Cosgrove.
ISBN (hardback cased): 0 957782470. ISBN (softcover):0 957782462
Available from RSLs, RSAs and good bookstores. Distributed in NZ by Southern Publishers Group, 22 Burleigh Street, Grafton, AUCKLAND. Phone: 09-309-6930, Fax: 09-309-6170, Email: [email protected]

Struan's War, edited by John MacGibbon. Struan MacGibbon arrived in the Middle East with the 7th Reinforcement in late 1941, and was initially a gunner in ´┐ŻE' Light Ack Ack Battery. His photographs and commentary are superb.
Price NZ$44.95, post-free in New Zealand, NZ$17 to all overseas destinations. Payment by cheque (NZ only) or by credit card. For ordering details, including how to pay by credit card - and to look at examples of the book - visit its website.
Read the reviews by Les Cleveland and William Main.
See more of Struan's images from North Africa in our photo gallery.

We Band of Brothers, by Brian McFarlane, is the true story of one man's experiences in the post-WW2 Australian Army. ISBN 0 646 38849 5. It is highly recommended. Read the review by Mike Dakin.

Up The BlueUp The Blue    by Roger Smith, a semi-fictional story about North Africa and Italy in WW2. For more information, leave this website and visit the "Up The Blue" website.
Available from good bookstores and from
Ngaio Press,
PO Box 29-010,
phone 64-4-473 3177, fax 64-4-499 9062 (They post overseas)


Frontier - The Battle for the North Island of New Zealand, 1860-1872    by Peter Maxwell. ISBN No 1-877252-03-4. Published by Celebrity Books for Waitekauri Publishing, 46A Taharoto Rd, Takapuna, Auckland 10, NZ. Highly recommended by our own Jim Ross.

Warrior Nation - New Zealanders at the Front, 1900-2000    by John Thomson. ISBN 1-877161-89-6.

A Near-Run Affair - New Zealanders in the Battle for Crete, 1941    by Matthew Wright. ISBN 0-7900-0732-0.

ANZAC - The New Zealanders at Gallipoli    by Chris Pugsley. ISBN 1-86948-838-5.

The Musket Wars - A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict    by R.D. Crosby. ISBN 0-7900-0677-4.

The One Day War - The Battle of Omarunui, 1866    by John Battersby. ISBN 0-7900-0731-2.

Shooting From the LipShooting From The Lip   by Lee Hughes is an account of one man's experience in the modern RNZA. Spot the personalities. Lee will be known to many members from the School of Artillery and Regt/Def HQ. Lots of laughs. Bob Kinzett's recommendation: Get it! Read it! Available from all good book stores. Prices vary - usually less than $30.

Artillery Surveyors Artillery Surveyors, 2NZEF, 1940-45   by RD Munro discusses the role of NZ survey units, including 1 Survey Troop, 36 Survey Battery and 4 Survey Troop, in Africa, Europe and the Pacific during World War 2. The nominal rolls in this book are the most complete you will find anywhere. Read excerpt.
Available from RD Munro
76b Martin St
Upper Hutt 6007
New Zealand
Price: Less than $15 NZ plus postage (Further discount available to veterans)

The Soldier Tourist - A Personal Account of World War II   by Gunner NH (Joe) Brewer, who saw action in Egypt, Greece, Italy and North Africa with 5 Field Regiment. Read Preface.
Available from Bruce McKenzie Booksellers Ltd (see note at top of page).

Click Vietnam: A visual investigation is a CD suitable for computers. It contains major works, including speeches and videos, of the Vietnam war from an American perspective. Read Rod Simpson's review.
Available from Barry at ICON CDs
ph: (09) 303 1214
fax: (09) 303 2130

The Armed Forces of NZThe Armed Forces of New Zealand   by James Rolfe, a retired NZ army officer who is now a defence analyst and associate director of the Master of International Relations programme at Victoria University of Wellington.    View excerpt
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 1-86448-800-X
First published 1999


New Zealand and the Korean War   by Ian McGibbon, a senior historian in the Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, NZ. This is a comprehensive, official account of New Zealand's military involvement in Korea from 1950 to 1957.    View excerpt
Oxford University Press New Zealand
ISBN 0 19 558253 5
First published 1992; reprinted with corrections 1996
Available from Capital Books (04 473 9358) or Dymocks (04 472 2080) in Wellington, NZ.


The Vietnam ScrapbookThe Vietnam Scrapbook The Second ANZAC Adventure, an essential part of every New Zealand military collection. Not many copies left, so be in to get yours now.    View excerpt.
Three Feathers Publishing.
3 Jellyman Place
Phone: (New Zealand) 3-5788-446


Nga Whare Uku   Houses of earth and how to build them   by David Jones who realised the value of earth walls while serving with 5 Fd Regt in Italy in World War 2. This is an excellent book for anyone considering building an environmentally friendly house and has become a classic in the field. Very few copies left. Be sure to check it out.    View excerpt.

'With' Our Boys in Vietnam (A collection of poems, newsclippings and photographs of the New Zealand Army in Vietnam).    View excerpt
Copyright 1996,
Three Feathers Publishing,
3 Jellyman Place,
Price: $15 NZ plus postage
Phone: (New Zealand) 3-578-8446

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