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New Zealanders And Military Discipline In The First World War. In Softcovers sl sticker residue, First Edition 1991, Black and White Photographs, illustrations, maps, 360 Pages, Published By Hodder and Stoughton Auckland.
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'...the most powerful of imperatives is the built-in animal desire to survive. The best and bravest of soldiers will eventually break down or run away unders tress, and he has no more choice in the matter than a starving man who steals a crust' 'This was not understood or anticipated when thousands of New Zealanders sailed off to the Great War. instead of adventure they found soldering to be the tedium of the ship's voyage and the monotony of training. There was no glory in war, only appalling conditions of trench warfare on the Western Front from which there was no escape. Many could not cope with these horrors and became disciplinary cases. There was little compassion for the misfit, the conscientious objector or those suffering from shell-shock and battle fatigue. They were court-martialled and received sentences ranging from the humiliation of field punishment to imprisonment or death by firing squad. The NZ Division became known as one of the finest serving in France, but part of the price paid for its high standard of discipline was the execution of its own men. In this book, the author builds up a detailed picture of circumstances that led top their deaths. the book will be an eyeopener to most New Zealanders, who until now were unaware of the sacrifices their forbears thought it necessary to make for the honour of their country' Please click here to ask a question
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