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Fit to fight : compulsory military training and national service in New Zealand, 1949-72

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  • Catalogue title
    • Fit to fight : compulsory military training and national service in New Zealand, 1949-72 / P.D.F. Cooke
  • Type
  • Identifiers
    UB345.N49 COO  (Call Number)
  • ISBN
  • Available in
    Pou Maumahara  (Location)
  • Abstract
    "Just four years after the greatest war the planet had witnessed, New Zealand thought it was going to have to do it all again. As the Cold War brewed over ideology and atom bombs, New Zealand determined to play its part in collective security. People argued over how to raise the necessary force but the country willingly adopted Compulsory Military Training. Young men were registered, examined and forced to learn basic Army, Navy or Air Force skills. In this ground-- breaking study, military historian Peter Cooke follows these men through the process of being given a number, called up and regimented. The voices of over 830 trainees are heard as they fill out Labour Department forms, try for a postponement and shuffle into barracks. We witness them getting shouted at, broken -- and begrudging the discipline, discomfort and NCOs. But then over three months we see them emerging as confident, disciplined cogs in a machine. In almost a quarter century, around 100,000 young New Zealand men were trained in CMT and National Service. This was felt to be essential at the time and, thankfully, the men were never sent to war. Instead, they came out of it with something unexpected, something they?ve harboured for life - and were keen to reveal."--Dust jacket.
  • Physical description
    631 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 29 cm
  • Production
    Cooke, Peter D. F., author (Creator)
    David Ling Publishing Limited (Publisher)
    Auckland, New Zealand  (Place of occurrence)
  • Subject
  • Citation
    Fit to fight : compulsory military training and national service in New Zealand, 1949-72
  • Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 552-554) and index.

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