Author(s): Glyn Harper
In a major research project, Glyn Harper and the National Army Museum combined official war photographs with more informal images to provide a moving visual history. Originally published in 2008, this book has now been beautifully redesigned as a stunning large-format hardback. While primarily drawn from the Museum's collection, many photographs from private sources were included. From more than 25,000 photographs, just over 800 were selected - most of which had never been published before. Chosen to depict each theatre of the 1914-18 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 twentieth century, pivotal in forging our national 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. Lest we forget.
Glyn Harper lives in Palmerston North and works at Massey University, where he is Professor of War Studies and General Editor of The Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War. A former teacher, he joined the Australian Army in 1988, transferring to the New Zealand Army where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is the author of several bestselling books on military history, including Dark Journey: Three Key New Zealand Battles of the Western Front. Glyn was awarded a QSM in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to historical research.