- Dark journey / Glyn Harper
D547.N5 HAR (Call Number)
- 9781460750438 (paperback)
- 9780730492214 (e-book)
"This significant volume represents the culmination of over seven years' writing and research by esteemed military historian Glyn Harper. The book includes the revision and reissuing of his two earlier detailed histories of the New Zealand Divisions' major Western Front battles of World War One -- Massacre at Passchendaele (2000), Spring Offensive (2003) -- combined with a previously unpublished account of the third major battle of the Somme, at Bapaume, during which several VCs were awarded to New Zealand troops. Dark Journey presents the first comprehensive overview of New Zealand's involvement in World War One"--Publisher's information.
Foreword -- acknowledgments -- massacre at Passchendaele -- introduction: an untold story -- the military background -- success: 4 October -- prelude to disaster: 9 October -- disaster: 12 October -- the legacy of Passchendaele -- conclusion -- Spring Offensive -- introduction: storm warning -- storm clouds -- a brief interlude -- the storm breaks: 21-25 March 1918 -- a hurried journey: 22-26 March 1918 -- into the storm: 26 March 1918 -- stopping the storm: 27 March 1918 -- holding the storm: 28-30 March 1918 -- a lull: 31 March-4 April 1918 -- weathering the storm: 5 April 1918 -- damage assessment -- conclusion -- bloody Bapaume: introduction: 'dead lucky' to survive' -- the military background -- opening moves: 8-21 August 1918 -- attack and counterattack: 21-23 August 1918 -- the first attempt on Bapaume: 24 August 1918 -- cutting the crossroads: 25 August 1918 -- the third attempt: 26 August 1918 -- the battle for the town: 27-29 August 1918 -- the battle for the surrounds: 30 August-2 September 1918 -- 'bloody Bapaume': retrospective -- conclusions: a significant milestone.
544 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- "Passchendaele, the Somme and the New Zealand experience on the Western Front"--Front cover.
- First published in hardback in 2007.
- Glyn Harper is Professor of War Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He was the Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies for eight years.
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