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Great Guns: The Artillery Heritage of New Zealand

Great Guns: The Artillery Heritage of New Zealand

Describes artillery on public display in New Zealand.

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ISBN 9780473255558
Barcode 9780473255558
Published 27 August 2013
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cooke, Peter
By Maxwell, Ian

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ISBN-13 9780473255558
ISBN-10 0473255553
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Defence of New Zealand Study Group
Publication Date 27 August 2013
International Publication Date 1 August 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cooke, Peter
By Maxwell, Ian
Category Militaria, Arms & Armour
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Military History
Defence Strategy, Planning & Research
War & Defence Operations
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Antitank missiles - New Zealand, Ordnance - New Zealand, Artillery - New Zealand
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 452
Dimensions Width: 210mm
Height: 297mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Dewey Code 355.8210993
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Three years in the making, GreatGuns by Peter Cooke and Ian Maxwell is now available. With a BA(Hons) in history, Peter Cooke started thinking about this issue when he was contacted in the mid-2000s by staff from the government department which administers the Protected Objects Act. They were trying to see if a trophy cannon from WWI was of cultural significance for NZ. Could they legally deem it a protected object and withhold permission for its export? Export was not halted in this case but it got Cooke thinking that the heritage significance of trophy cannon could be determined if
their story was better known. Ian Maxwell held similar curiosities and in March 2010, while on a DONZ field trip to Northland, they agreed to collaborate on a book that documented why NZ brought trophy guns back from foreign wars, and where these and pieces of local ordnance were displayed in parks and other public places. The result includes over 1000 images of current and historical examples of large tools of war on display. While each photo is indeed worth 1000 words, the authors confined themselves to around 200. A calibre of 20mm was determined as the lower cut-off, therefore excluding small arms.An inclusive policy was adopted on other large munitions - mines, bombs and related technology such as armoured turrets. Warbirds and tanks are included in relation to their main guns.
An introductory essay discusses the nature and practise of taking war trophy guns, especially from
the South African and First World Wars. This section includes many quotes from New Zealanders on
capturing trophies on the battlefield and how they were received back home. The abhorrence felt by some at displaying weapons of war is contrasted with those for whom the trophy represented a fitting
commemoration of sacrifice or an unalloyed celebration of victory. From page 107 the country is
divided into 18 regions, from Northland to Southland, Eastland to Westland, in which all known incidents of cannon on display are documented. The research is fully footnoted, referenced and indexed.
Many stories of how the weapon was acquired, presented, used and discarded are related. These
include humorous accounts of authorised and unauthorised firings of the guns, and their unwitting inclusion in wider debates on war and peace. At the end appendices list all known WWI trophy guns and the shipments on which they arrived.

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