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April 25, 1915: 'The Most Glorious Day of My Life'

April 25, 1915: 'The Most Glorious Day of My Life'
   

"One of the best and truest testimonies of personal experiences in battle I have read." - Major-General Sir Howard Kippenberger With the 100th anniversary of the famous landing at Anzac on April 25, 1915, approaching this book provides a brilliant insight into what happened th... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780473300333
Barcode 9780473300333
Published 16 November 2014
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 176 pp, photosPaperback, 135 x 216mm176 pp, photos
Author(s) By Westmacott, Lieutenant Spencer
Edited by Tobin, Christopher
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ISBN-13 9780473300333
ISBN-10 0473300338
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Bosco Press
Publication Date 16 November 2014
International Publication Date 1 December 2014
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 176 pp, photosPaperback, 135 x 216mm176 pp, photos
Edition 176 pp, photosPaperback, 135 x 216mm176 pp, photos
Author(s) By Westmacott, Lieutenant Spencer
Edited by Tobin, Christopher
Category History
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
History
World History: First World War
Australasian & Pacific History
Military History
War & Defence Operations
Battles & Campaigns
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 179
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 218mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.426092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

"One of the best and truest testimonies of personal experiences in battle I have read."
- Major-General Sir Howard Kippenberger
With the 100th anniversary of the famous landing at Anzac on April 25, 1915, approaching this book provides a brilliant insight into what happened that day through the eyes of a New Zealand officer who was ACTUALLY THERE - Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott, of the Auckland Infantry Battalion.
Spencer Westmacott, like many of his generation, grew up enthralled by military history. He sought out veterans to learn of their experiences in battle and when war came in 1914 he volunteered enthusiastically.
The book follows his path to war providing fascinating insights into his fellow soldiers - the original Anzacs. Who were they? Why did they go so willingly to war? How did they end up fighting Turks when it was expected they would fight in France? Were there tensions among them? What were the soldiers' feelings on the eve of their first battle? How did they react when under hostile fire for the first time?
All of these questions are answered by Lieutenant Westmacott in a way which humanizes the Anzac story magnificently and gives us a wonderful understanding of just what it was like to go to war in 1915.
Lieutenant Westmacott was seriously wounded on April 25, 1915, and had a desperate fight to live. Many of his friends were killed; militarily speaking the landing failed and yet, incredibly, he called this day of horror "the most glorious day of my life." Why? We must read his story to find out.
Richly illustrated and superbly annotated by Christopher Tobin, this book is essential reading for every New Zealander, and especially students wishing to deepen their knowledge of the day which shaped New Zealand history.

The book is also suitable for year 11 to year 13 students and I believe it would interest schools given that the centenary of the Anzac landing is approaching.

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Author's Bio

Christopher Tobin is editor of the Oamaru Mail daily newspaper. He has written several books, one of them 'Gone to Gallipoli: Anzacs of small town New Zealand go to war.' His interest in the Anzacs grew after he learned three of his great uncles served together at Gallipoli, one of them being killed in action there aged 20.

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