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Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War

Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War (Paperback)

Edited by Derby, Mark

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Drawing on military documents and photographs, this record gives an account of New Zealand's role in the Spanish civil war that lasted from 1936 through 1939. It tells the all-but-forgotten stories of the remarkable heroes who chose to enter into a crucial conflict that became a ... read full description below.

ISBN 9781877257711
Barcode 9781877257711
Published 1 April 2009 by Canterbury University Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781877257711
ISBN-10 1877257710
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Canterbury University Press
Imprint Canterbury University Press
Publication Date 1 April 2009
International Publication Date 30 April 2010
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Derby, Mark
Category World History: From C 1900 -
European History
European history: from c 1900 -
Military History
Civil War
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 171mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 730g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Spain - History - Civil War, 1936-1939 - Participation, New Zealand
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education
Dewey Code 946.081
Catalogue Code 66269

Description of this Book

In the first-ever account of New Zealand's role in Spain's civil war of 1936-39, Mark Derby presents the personal stories of some extraordinary individuals who became involved. For example: A fighter pilot from Wellington who landed his plane with a shattered shoulder, then left for Hollywood to make movies with Errol Flynn; A Cromwell surgeon who operated as close as possible to the firing line, and was described as 'the most important volunteer to come from the British Commonwealth'; A tough young wharfie from Napier who buried 80 of his fellow fighters in a single grave, and later became a union leader and thorn in the side of PM Rob Muldoon; A Christchurch-born academic who risked his life as an intelligence agent in Spain, and was later termed the handsomest man at Oxford University; An elegant young Englishwoman who fought with anarchist militia units and, under the guidance of Frank Sargeson, turned that experience into a writing career; A Wellington film-maker, show-jumper and flamenco dancer who fought for Franco's Fascists. Derby also records the actions of New Zealanders who worked for the Spanish cause at home by raising funds, lobbying politicians, writing poems and spreading propaganda. Kiwi Companeros includes contributions from some of New Zealand's leading writers and historians. It draws on personal letters, recently released military documents and previously unpublished photographs to tell an all-but forgotten story.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This engrossing book tells the stories of New Zealanders involved in this chilling conflict . . . recommended reading. --Charles Gill, Daily News

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Author's Bio

Mark Derby is a writer and historian who has worked for Te Ara (the online encyclopaedia of New Zealand), the Waitangi Tribunal and as a South Pacific correspondent for Jornal Expresso, Portugal's leading newspaper. He has also curated museum exhibitions, made historical documentaries and reviewed films for the Wellington community newspaper City Voice. He is chair of the Labour History Project and lives on Wellington's south coast with his family.

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