NZMHS Publishing.

The NZMHS is embarking on a publishing programme over the next few years to bring more research and valuable information regarding our military history to the public.


Please check back on this page regularly for information about books and other items we are producing.


To purchase:

Contact for bank deposit details  

or send cheque and address details to:

The New Zealand Military Historical Society

291B Millwater Parkway


Auckland 0932


A Strong Sense of Duty



 A Strong Sense of Duty provides a unique insight into the effects of armed combat on the men of the New Zealand Division during its final 14 months on the Western Front in the First World War. 


Viewed from the rare perspective of the wartime letters of a serving non-combatant chaplain, the Reverend Clive Mortimer Jones of Cambridge, this book provides an indelible testimony to the events which gained the division its formidable fighting reputation. They convey a strong personal sense of duty and awareness set amongst the grim realities of war in difficult and life-threatening times. 


This book will be only the sixth occasion on which the wartime experiences of chaplains who saw active service during the First World War have been published and contains a full listing of all NZ chaplains who served, making this an invaluable piece of research.


INDEX available HERE - ideal for family researchers to check! 


REVIEW of book in the Christchurch Press HERE


Paperback, 168 pages, colour and b&w images, published Nov 2013 

Price $40.00 + $4.40 p&p

Overseas and bulk purchases - contact for details 





100 Years


New Zealand Army Nursing Service - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps

1915 2015

 With over 500 pages, 390 images and the foreword by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps this new book records the 100 year history of the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps (RNZNC).

The book tells the story of the struggle to have a military nursing service established and the ensuing misfortunes and achievements of the nurses who have served and continue to serve.

Included are rolls of over 2,700 women and men past and present of the RNZNC along with VADs who served in New Zealand military hospitals during World War One and New Zealand nurses who served in other military nursing services and organisations in both World Wars.

Since its establishment in January 1915 nurses and ordinary ranks of the Corps have served in World Wars One and Two, Vietnam, Iraq, East Timor, Bosnia and Afghanistan. They have been part of disaster relief missions around the world and search and rescue operations in New Zealand.

To order this book:

Please order your copy of this limited edition by sending $65.00 incl postage (rural deliveries please add $3.70)  to

S McNabb, 11 Haig Street, Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay 4108.

Or email your order to:

Overseas delivery costs on request.

Books from NZMHS Editor Peter Cooke:


All of these are available at special pricing from Peter direct, contact him at:

PO Box 9724, Wellington 6141

(04) 934 6817  0274 512 312



A sculpture installation tour following Helen Pollock's Victory Medal created to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

210mm x 210mm, 20pp, stapled, paperback, colour throughout.

$10.00 per copy + $4.40 P&P

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The diary of Monty Ingram provides a rare insight into the mind of a Digger at the Western Front during World War One. Few accounts from the average Digger are available because it was against military law for any soldier to keep a diary of activity at the Front.

As an ANZAC diary, it provides one fo the few detailed accounts of the experiences at Passchendaele. The diary also provides the reader with a rare first hand account of New Zealand's most successful moment of WW1 - the liberation of the fortified town of Le Quesnoy in France - the NZ division's last action of the War.

Hardback with jacket, 176 pages, b&w images, published 2006 

Price $40.00 + $4.40 p&p

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 A complete record of New Zealanders, and those associated with New Zealand, appointed as Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

An invaluable tool for researchers and regarded as the definitive work in this area.

Brand new condition, authors stock, hardback, 468pp, published 1993


$20.00 + $4.40 p&p

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An account of the New Zealand recipients of the Distinguished Conduct Medal from the earliest times of the South African war to the present time; together with brief biographical notes and details of their entitlement to other Medals, Orders and Decorations.

An invaluable tool for researchers and regarded as the definitive work in this area.

Authors own stock, condition varies, some sun fade to spines, otherwise as new condition.

Hardback, 360pp, published 1983 

$20.00 + $4.40 p&p

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Wille Apiata VC - The Reluctant Hero - Autographed


The biography of New Zealand's latest VC recipient for his actions in Afghanistan in 2004.

Copy is personally autographed by Cpl Apiata, the first ever holder of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand and only the 14th holder of the Commonwealth's highest honour for bravery since the end of the Second World War. 



Hardback, 256pp, published 2008, colour image inserts, as new condition, several copies available 

$50.00 + $4.40 p&p

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 The New Zealand Cross

Price $90.00
plus $6.00 P & P

There has been no comprehensive history of the award published. Dr. Kieran explores the development, creation and inauguration of the award, a listing of all the recipients and an outline of the New Zealand Wars from 1860 to 1872. The Victoria Cross and other decorations were being awarded to Imperial troops but the settlers in the Volunteers, Militia and Armed Constabulary were not being recognised for carrying out similar acts of   bravery.  The recognition of acts worthy of the NZC were anticipated to become well known; however, the awards spanned a period to 1910 and thus the impact of the award was not achieved. Personalities like King Tawhiao, Sir George Bowen, Sir George Grey, Lt. General Cameron, Te Kooti, Titokowaru, and Major General Whitmore were  involved in the conflict. A major issue leading to battles arose due to land confiscation by the settlers.  The  battles were mainly restricted to the North Island; Taranaki and Wanganui on the West Coast, Waikato in the Central area and on the East Coast at Tauranga, the Urewera, Gisborne and Napier

The Life of Leslie Averill



First in to Le Quesnoy, Battles, Babies and Boardrooms.

Leslie Averill was born in Christchurch and became one of the city's most admired and respected public figures. This long and busy career was preceded by distinguished service in WW1 where he won the Military Cross at Bapaume and was the first to gain entry to the besieged town of Le Quesnoy in November 1918, earning him and the New Zealand troops a place in history.

230 x 153mm

paperback 318pp with 24pp B&W photographs

$40.00 + $4 p&p


The Silent Division

This classic book is in three parts:

written by David Grant an established Wellington historian and
well- credentialed author, who has 13 books to his credit. He
has also written numerous essays for anthologies, dictionaries,
journals and newsletters

PART ONE: a re-issue, unaltered, of the acclaimed The
Silent Division – New Zealanders at the Front 1914 – 1919, first
published in 1935, but now including maps and illustrations.

PART TWO: issued for the first time; that part of
Ormond Burton’s hitherto unpublished autobiography which
deals with his heroic, front-line service in The Great War, entitled
Concerning One Man’s War, 1914 -1919. This is a vibrant
account at an individual level; arguably the finest writing by a
New Zealander about that war. Edited by John H Gray, an acknowledged
historian and published author, specialising in the
The New Zealand Division on the Western Front.

180MM X 240MM

Price = $75.00 + P&P

NZMHS Membership price = $63.75 + P&P

Rampant Dragons

A “gritty “ history of the 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade,
from its formation in New Zealand through to its final campaign
in Italy in 1945.

Author Jeffrey Plowman is a well established “armoured” buff
who has specialised in studying the history of New Zealand
armoured fighting vehicles and units that used them.
The history includes personal experiences from several crew
members of the various types of tanks operated by the brigade.
These stories show the brutality of war from a “tankies “ perspective.

Well illustrated , with black and white photos, maps and diagrams

160MM X 240MM

Price = $75.00 + P&P

NZMHS Members price = $63.75 + P&P