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The story of the Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly's own) and North Auckland Regiments and of the citizen soldiers who served New Zealand

By Peter Cooke, John H.Gray and Ken Stead

WOW! What a book. Over five hundred pages of action-packed history, supported by over one thousand thumbnail sketches of some of those individuals who have made their mark in the long history of the “Auckland Infantry”. And there is more. About seven hundred photographs – some that have never been seen before, plus a sprinkling of easy-to-read maps and even the odd topical cartoon, makes this excellent publication, researched by some very passionate researchers and written by three outstanding and eminent authors, namely Peter Cooke, John Gray and Ken Stead such an exciting inclusion to our military history treasure trove.

This book is nothing short of being outstanding and leaves very few stories remaining to be told. Eight chapters of gripping history and whilst the theme, naturally, remains focussed on “Auckland Infantry”, this tome has something for everyone. Chapter 1 equates to the book of Genesis with its “in the beginning …” because it sets the scene of the early “Auckland Infantry”and also provides a fascinating insight into the New Zealand Wars, the Boer War and the origins of World War One. Chapter 2 deals with The Great War – and this chapter is a great read by not only telling the story of the capture of German Samoa (which very few know much about) but naturally deals in great detail on the story of Gallipoli. However, what stands out in this chapter are the special in-depth accounts, including extracts from soldiers’ personal diary entries, of our involvement on the Western Front. Chapter 3 aptly describes that interesting period between the two Wars and Chapter 4 relates to the “Auckland Infantry’s” involvement in World War Two. The remaining four chapters handle the post-World War Two history, including CMT, National Service and many other important issues. And if that is not enough, “Auckland Infantry” is supported with the inclusion of twelve appendices on a wide range of numerous subjects.

The presentation of “Auckland Infantry” just cannot be faulted. This is a story of the rich history of thousands of men and women who have served the “Auckland Infantry” so proudly. This is a book that must find itself on the shelves of every library in the country; in every school and will be a fitting record for every family who has had some connection with someone in the “Auckland Infantry” to have as a tribute to their respective “Auckland Infantry” soldier. In all my years of reviewing military books, “Auckland Infantry” is the first book to receive a score of 10 out of 10 from me.

Review By:
Raymond J Seymour
Col (Rtd)
National Army Museum

Product details:

  • Hard cover: 576 pages
  • Dimensions: W 220mm x H 320mm 

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Review by  Tony
(posted on Dec 15, 2011)
The best set out and researched history that I have read. A must read for all those that have had family or friends serving in the Infantry in Northland or Auckland
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