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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 (Hardback)

By Cooke, Peter

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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ISBN 9781775593645
Published NZ 1 Apr 2019
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Format Hardback
Out of print

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ISBN-13 9781775593645
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Imprint Exisle Publishing
Published 1 Apr 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
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 688
Dimensions Width: 190mm
Height: 240mm
Dewey Code 358.220993
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