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The Devil's Own War: The First World War Diary of Brigadier-General Herbert Hart

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Brigadier-General Herbert Hart landed at Gallipoli on 26 April 1915, commanded the Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of that campaign, then served as a battalion and brigade commander on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. Throughout the war he kept a diary, in which he recorded his experiences in the great battles on Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele. Hart's diary is now widely regarded as one of the most important personal sources relating to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. ...

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Brigadier-General Herbert Hart landed at Gallipoli on 26 April 1915, commanded the Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of that campaign, then served as a battalion and brigade commander on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. Throughout the war he kept a diary, in which he recorded his experiences in the great battles on Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele. Hart's diary is now widely regarded as one of the most important personal sources relating to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Exceptionally well written, it includes gripping descriptions of both combat and life behind the front line and on leave in France and United Kingdom. As a first-hand account of life in the firestorm of World War One, The Devil's Own War is hard to beat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780908988228
  • Publisher: Exisle Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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John Crawford is the New Zealand Defense Force Historian and has written on many aspects of the history of the New Zealand Armed Forces and defense policy. In 2007, he edited, with Ian McGibbon, Exisle's monumental book, New Zealand's Great War. His other major publications include To Fight for the Empire: An Illustrated History of New Zealand and the South African War, 1899-1902; Kia Kaha: New Zealand in the Second World War; and with the assistance of Peter Cooke, No Better Death: The Great War diaries and letters of William G. Malone. John Crawford lives in Wellington.

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