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Le Quesnoy 1918 : New Zealand's last battle / Christopher Pugsley.

By: Pugsley, Christopher, 1953 -, 1953- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Oratia Books, [2018]Description: 159 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 30 cm.ISBN: 9780947506490 ; 0947506497 .Subject(s): New Zealand. Army. New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1st | World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Sambre River (France and Belgium) | World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France | World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, New Zealand | Le Quesnoy (France) -- History, Military -- 20th centurySummary: The New Zealand Division has a leading role in encircling and bypassing the town of Le Quesnoy before pushing through to the western banks of the River Sambre. The New Zealand Division's capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy was its last and most successful action in the First World War. Breaking through defensive lines and scaling the town walls by ladder, the New Zealanders overwhelmed the defenders, freeing the town after years of German occupation. It was a victory that resounded around the world, and helped convince German high command they could no longer hold the front. Based on his intimate knowledge of the landscape and those involved, Dr Christopher Pugsley puts together the story with his mastery of drama and detail - producing a book that is thrilling at the same time as a tribute to the New Zealanders who died (and whose details are fully recorded here for the first time). Strikingly illustrated with maps, photographs and the stunning paintings of the battle by George Butler, Le Quesnoy 1918 is an inspiring read.
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The New Zealand Division's capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy was its last and most successful action in the First World War. Breaking through defensive lines and scaling the town walls by ladder, the New Zealanders overwhelmed the defenders, freeing the town after years of German occupation. It was a victory that resounded around the world, and helped convince German high command they could no longer hold the front. Based on his intimate knowledge of the landscape and those involved, Dr Christopher Pugsley puts together the story with his mastery of drama and detail - producing a book that is thrilling at the same time as a tribute to the New Zealanders who died (and whose details are fully recorded here for the first time). Strikingly illustrated with maps, photographs and the stunning paintings of the battle by George Butler, Le Quesnoy 1918 will be an inspiring read for this summer and many seasons beyond.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-143) and index.

The New Zealand Division has a leading role in encircling and bypassing the town of Le Quesnoy before pushing through to the western banks of the River Sambre. The New Zealand Division's capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy was its last and most successful action in the First World War. Breaking through defensive lines and scaling the town walls by ladder, the New Zealanders overwhelmed the defenders, freeing the town after years of German occupation. It was a victory that resounded around the world, and helped convince German high command they could no longer hold the front. Based on his intimate knowledge of the landscape and those involved, Dr Christopher Pugsley puts together the story with his mastery of drama and detail - producing a book that is thrilling at the same time as a tribute to the New Zealanders who died (and whose details are fully recorded here for the first time). Strikingly illustrated with maps, photographs and the stunning paintings of the battle by George Butler, Le Quesnoy 1918 is an inspiring read.

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