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The Devil's Own War

The First World War Diary of Brigadier-General Herbert Hart

Edited by John Crawford

Hard-Cover - As-New
First Published 2008

Numerous Black and White Photographs

Day by day through the Great War, from Gallipoli to the Somme and Passchendaele, a first-hand account by one of New Zealand's greatest soldiers.

When Herbert Hart left his home town of Carterton in 1914 to serve as a major with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, he could not have imagined that he would return as a much decorated brigadier-general.

His rise to leadership was swift, as he commanded the Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of the Gallipoli campaign, then went on to serve as a battalion and brigade commander on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918.

During the whole of this period he kept a diary, in which he recorded his experiences in the great battles on Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele.

This important book also has an introductory chapter on Hart's early life, and a concluding chapter about his diverse and distinguished career after the war, including his term as Administrator of Western Samoa from 1931 to 1935.

. Foreword
. Acknowledgements
. Preface
. Glossary

. Introduction: An Ambitious and Zealous Country Boy

. From Carterton to Cairo, August 1914-April 1915

. 'On a Grim Business', April-July 1915

. 'We Do Not Like Admitting it is a Failure', August 1915-March 1916

. 'That is the Way at War', April-August 1916

. 'The Somme is the Maelstrom Drawing All Troops in Turn', August-October 1916

. 'Steadily Engaged on Trench Warfare', October 1916-February 1917

. A New Brigade, March-July 1917

. 'One Big Sea of Slush': Passchendaele, July 1917-February 1918

. 'Everything Looks Black', February-July 1918

. 'At the War Again', July-November 1918

. 'So it is Over', November 1918-April 1919

. Conclusion: 'Amongst His Own People', 1919-1968

. Notes
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