Friday, March 23, 2018

Te Hokowhitu a Tu returns under Oratia Books imprint

Back in print ahead of Anzac Day 2018, Te Hokowhitu a Tu is an authoritative account of the role played by Maori and Pacific Islanders in the First World War.

Maori soldiers signing up for the Great War representing a formidable
fighting force – Te Hokowhitu a Tu, or the Seventy twice-told warriors of the war
god, Tumatauenga.

Paternalistic concern kept the Maori Pioneer Battalion kept most in roles as support troops, although their strong desire to fight saw numerous exploits in the front lines — and their overall war efforts won them significant rights as full citizens once they got back home.

Drawing on rare archival material and previously unpublished diaries and
letters, Te Hokowhitu a Tu balances the military story with a portrait of daily life for soldiers who laboured not only against the enemy but also racism behind their own lines.

Author Christopher Pugsley is an internationally recognised military historian. A retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the New Zealand Army, he was a lecturer in military studies in New Zealand and Australia, and retired in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Recent works with Oratia include the magnificent The Camera in the Crowd: Filming New Zealand in Peace and War, 1895–1920 (2017) and a new edition of The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War.

ISBN: 978-0-947506-38-4  |  RRP $45
Paperback with flaps, 297 x 210 mm, 148 pages b&w

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