Images of war: New Zealand and the First World War in photographs

Glyn Harper and the National Army Museum

In a major research project, Glyn Harper and New Zealand’s  National Army Museum combined official war photographs with more informal images to provide a moving visual history. Originally published in 2008, this book has been redesigned in a stunning large-format.  Primarily drawn from the Museum′s collection, many photographs from private sources are also included. Chosen to depict each theatre of the First World War, including Gallipoli, Sinai-Palestine and the Western Front, poignant images from the home front were included, along with graphic portraits of wounded soldiers, whose treatment marked the beginnings of modern plastic surgery.

Despite the First World War being described as the most important and far-reaching political and military event of the 20th century, pivotal in forging New Zealand’s  sense of identity, relatively little photographic material had been published from a soldier′s perspective. This new edition contains additional information that has come to light since the first edition regarding many of the photos, as well as some new images. Poignant, stirring and at times unbearable, it records the appalling, brutalising, mundane and touching experiences of those who were there.  

Hard cover, photographs, 400 pages.