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The Four Legged Major. Graham Spencer. Drawings by Peter McIntyre. 1987 1st edition. Grantham House, Wellington


An Australian Bull Terrier named Major accompanied the 19th Battalion 2 NZEF to the Middle East in WWII. He received the Official Rank of Major, which matched his name.
He first owner was killed in the Desert in 1942, where Major himself was wounded the next year
Major was smuggled in to Italy in an Officer’s trunk. Here his second owner was also killed and Major himself later died. He is buried in Italy


Major’s story is also the story of the men of the Battalion and the hardships they all suffered, also the story of Duda, a dog “captured” in Italy, who came back to NZ with the soldiers


180pp; b/w photos and illustrations; bibliography; hard covers, gilt lettering and logo on spine; very good condition; closed page edges l/foxed;
Dust jacket (from a painting by Peter McIntyre); good condition; small tear top front; sl wear spine head

Text Copyright 2009
Collectible Books, Napier




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