April 16, 2015
WWI Maori history reprinted
What’s considered the best current source of information about the vital role Maori and Pacific Islanders played in the Great War is back in print.
Christopher Pugsley’s Te Hokowhitu a Tu was first published in 1995.
It is being republished with a new author’s note to coincide with this month’s Gallipoli centenary.
It describes the Pioneer Battalion’s struggles and sacrifices as it earned a reputation for bravery and dependability in France, Flanders and beyond.
It also played a role breaking down racial divisions, as soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force discovered the Maori were like themselves, with all the strengths and weaknesses that make New Zealanders New Zealanders.
Christopher Pugsley’s retired in 2012 as Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK, and now works as a freelance historian from his home in Waikanae.
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