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Won by the Spade: How the Royal New Zealand Engineers Built a Nation

Won by the Spade: How the Royal New Zealand Engineers Built a Nation
 

The definitive, authoritative history of the Royal New Zealand Engineers describes the corps' actions, events and people from the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century to the present day. It includes military engineering in New Zealand, including that of Maori, the corps' role in ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781775593645
Barcode 9781775593645
Published 1 April 2019 by Exisle Publishing
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cooke, Peter
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ISBN-13 9781775593645
ISBN-10 1775593649
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Imprint Exisle Publishing
Publication Date 1 April 2019
International Publication Date 9 April 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cooke, Peter
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Australasian & Pacific History
Military History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 688
Dimensions Width: 190mm
Height: 240mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Military engineering - History - New Zealand
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 358.220993
Catalogue Code 952824

Description of this Book

This authoritative history of the Royal New Zealand Engineers offers a comprehensive account of the corps' actions, events and personnel from the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century to the present. It examines military engineering in New Zealand, the corps' role in overseas wars and home defences, and provides a contemporary record of New Zealand's contribution to military engineering, including demining operations, peacekeeping and civil aid missions. Won by the Spade carries underlying themes of military innovation and engineering's contribution to national development. In New Zealand's context military engineering played a key role in building infrastructure in an otherwise undeveloped country. The warfare in the North Island saw military engineers do this utility work until the 1870s, when peace prevailed. Military roads and communication corridors aided military success and opened up the country. Similarly, the electric telegraph hemmed in rebellious tribes as effectively as weapons. Thereafter a tradition developed of citizen sappers taking their civil experience into the military and, after several overseas wars, bring the experience back to developmental roles in civic, transport, utility and industrial sectors. With about 40 per cent of early European settlers in technological occupations, theirs was going to be a society which took to military engineering well. And it did.

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Author's Bio

Peter Cooke specialises in New Zealand military history and industrial heritage, having written a dozen books to date. He edits two NZ military history periodicals, lobbies for defence heritage sites under threat and runs field trips to local battle sites. He lives in central Wellington.

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