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NAVAL HISTORY



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  • U-Boat in New Zealand Waters
  • The Waikato River Gunboats
  • Face with Fortitude
  • In the Hour of Victory
  • Mayday Tugs of War DVD
  • Voyage to Gallipoli
  • False Flags
  • Merchantmen In Action
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    U-BOAT IN NEW ZEALAND WATERS.
    U 862's War Patrol off Gisborne and Napier in 1945.

    By Gerald Shone, Softcover, 210mm x 298mm, 218 pages, Black & White, Colour photographs. Published 2016

    U-boat In New Zealand Waters is a book about the farthest U-boat patrol of World War Two, a journey which brought the ultra-long-range submarine U 862 to New Zealand's East Coast in January 1945. U 862 was one of three U-boats based in the Far East chosen in Berlin for operations against merchant shipping off the Australian coast in 1944. After sinking the US Liberty ship Robert J. Walker south of Sydney on Christmas Day, 1944, U 862 headed for New Zealand waters and conducted a war patrol along the East Coast of the North Island. Looking for ships to sink, U 862's Commander Timm made a daring entry into Gisborne harbour at midnight on 15 January and the following night chased and fired a torpedo at a merchant ship in Hawkes Bay. These operations in New Zealand waters remained known only to a small number of Allied codebreakers until 1992 when the First Watch Officer of U 862, Gunther Reiffenstuhl made his personal diary available to the German U-boat Archive in Cuxhaven-Altenbruch.

    In 1997, the author met and interviewed Gunther Reiffenstuhl as well as the medical officer aboard U 862,Dr Jobst Schaefer and radio operator Gunter Nethge.

    Table of Contents.

  • German raiders In NZ Waters 1917-1941.
  • U 862 and her crew.
  • U-boats in the Indian Ocean.
  • U-boats as Blockade Runners.
  • U 862 to the Far East.
  • U 862 leaves for Australia.
  • U 862 leaves for New Zealand. >li> Gisborne Harbour during World War Two.
  • U 862 enters Gisborne harbour.
  • Napier Harbour during World War Two.
  • U 862 enters Hawkes Bay.
  • U 862 returns to the Far East.
  • Repatriation to Germany
  • Interviews

    The book is based mainly on the First Watch Officer's personal war diary and investigates in detail the war patrol of U 862 in New Zealand and Australian waters.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    THE WAIKATO RIVER GUNBOATS,
    By Grant Middlemiss. Paperback, .33kg, 165mm x 250mm, 118 pages. Black & White, and Colour Photos. Line drawings and maps. Published in 2014.

    New Zealand's First Navy. The story of the gunboats used during the British invasion of the Waikato.

    Her Majesty's Waikato River Gunboat Flotilla. New Zealand's First Navy, helped to mould Waikato history. Although they are mentioned in passing by most historians there is little detail of the ships or the pivotal role they played in the Waikato land war.

    The Waikato War of 1863-64 was the most important of the many campaigns fought. With it, the Colonial government aimed to destroy the power of the Maori King whose policy it was to stop Maori selling land to the government. Governor George Grey, who returned in 1861, (as second term Governor), claimed the Waikato tribes had hostile intentions, including plans to invade Auckland. These claims were part of an orchestrated litany of lies aimed at convincing the British Government of the threat that the New Zealand settler colony faced from the local tribes. Today, the Waikato campaign is now seen for what it was - a well-contrived and deliberate land grab. While Grey spoke of peace and reconciliation, he prepared for war. by the time it was clear that Maori were not going to attack Auckland, London had already sent 3000 additional troops to New Zealand. Between 1861 and 1863, at Grey's direction, a force was assembled and developed. The Waikato River was the key, as it provided a road to the interior of the Waikato. Eight purpose built armoured iron river gunboats were deployed as a naval force and transport service to move the 12,000+ troops and supplies into the interior past the Maori fortifications...

    This is the story of that conflict, and the river gunboats that played such an integral part of the campaign.

    NZ$42.00 + delivery.

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    FACE WITH FORTITUDE.
    By James Ian Johnston, Hardcover, 157mm x 234mm, 191 pages, monochrome photographs.
    The author, James Ian Johnston had been a member of the N.Z.R.N.V.R. for almost nine years at the outbreak of World War II. He held the rank of Petty Officer and within a week of war being declared in September 1939 received papers notifying him to be ready for active service. When just newly married, he sailed overseas as part of the Second Echelon aboard the Aquitania, fulfilling duties as a N.C.O.P.O. After an initial few weeks at H.M.S. St.Vincent Portsmouth he was assigned to the Cruiser Alynbank and spent a year and a half based at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. He served initially as a Petty Officer in charge of the aft magazine, and later transferring to watch PO. In 1942 he was advised to report to Aberdeen, his new ship the minesweeper Inchkeith would be sailing for New Zealand after sea trials. He sailed as a Chief Petty Officer, and maintained this rank while on shore duties for several months, both in Auckland and wellington. Recalled to active service for Officer training, he sailed on the H.T. Nieuw Amsterdam to San Fransisco, and from there by train across Canada, before sailing on the Queen Mary to the United Kingdom. He gained his Commission from H.M.S.King Alfred Hove and was appointed to the Mediterranean Minesweeping Fleet as a Lieutenant. The small minesweepers were allocated numbers and he served on H.M.M.S.46. These ships continued sweeping for mines after Germany surrendered on 8th May and Japan in August 1945. It was some months before discharge from the Royal Navy was obtained, and a passage arranged back to New Zealand, arriving home to at last take up normal family life in April 1946. This is his chronicle of 'his' war.

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    IN THE HOUR OF VICTORY,
    By Sam Willis. Paperback, .92kg, 165mm x 230mm, 396 pages. Colour illustrations and maps. Published in 2013.
    This is the paperback edition of this history of the Royal Navy in the age of Nelson, and it loses nothing in its transition to a smaller format.

    Between 1794 and 1815 the Royal Navy repeatedly crushed her enemies at sea in a period of military dominance that equals any in history.
    When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches from seven major fleet battles - The Glorious First of June (1794), St Vincent (1797), Camperdown (1797), The Nile (1798), Copenhagen (1801), Trafalgar (1805) and San Domingo (1806) - should be gathered together and presented to the Nation. These letters, written by Britain's admirals, captains, surgeons and boatswains and sent back home in the midst of conflict, were bound in an immense volume, to be admired as a jewel of British history.
    Sam Willis, one of Britain's finest naval historians, stumbled upon this collection by chance in the British Library in 2010 and soon found out that only a handful of people knew of its existence. The rediscovery of these first-hand reports, and the vivid commentary they provide, has enabled Willis to reassess the key engagements in extraordinary and revelatory details, and to paint an enthralling series of portraits of the Royal Navy's commanders at the time.
    In a compelling and dramatic narrative, In the Hour of Vicory tells the story of these naval triumphs as never before, and allows us to hear once more the officer's voices as they describe the battles that made Britain great.

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    MAYDAY TUGS OF WAR DVD.
    By Robin Williams Film, DVD, 3 disc set, including a bonus CD e-book about rescue tugs in WWII. Total running time 210 minutes.
    They saved thousands of lives, but the press ignored them. The largest assault in military history was a success because of their efforts, yet they were left out of the textbooks. They did their job in unimaginable weather while constantly facing the threat of an attack from the enemy. Without these true sailors, the greatest global conflict in human history would have raged for many more years.
    The public has yet to meet these heroic men who have been forgotten in the past sixty years. Finally, their stories, photographs, and contribution to the war have now been recorded. They too gave their lives for our freedom and it's time the world knows who they were.Mayday Tugs of War tells the story of the Rescue Tugmen of WWII.

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    VOYAGE TO GALLIPOLI
    By Peter Plowman, Softcover 180mm x 240mm 0.78kg, 304 Pages. Black & White Photographs. Published 2013
    At the commencement of World War I in 1914, Australia had only been a nation for 13 years and the RAN was only three years old (NZ had been a dominion for 7 years and had no independent navy). As young men rushed to enlist, the governments of both countries had to find ways of transporting them to a war being fought half a world away, and protecting them against German raiders en route. It was a massive undertaking. In Voyage to Gallipoli maritime historian Peter Plowman takes the story from the planning stages and the requisition of ships through to the Gallipoli landing of 25 April 1915.

    This book tells of the mobilization of troops and sailors, requisition and refitting of ships,one convoy false start, a number of voyages, various changes of plan and destination, and the assistance offered by ships of allied navies. Included are many newspaper accounts of various events in port and on board and quotes from diaries and memoirs of sailors and soldiers involved, giving descriptions of conditions on board - training, sport, exercise, living and eating conditions, hygiene, medical examinations and supervision, even 'crossing the line' festivities; also conditions for horses - and details of convoy formation. By the time of the blooding of ANZAC forces at Gallipoli, the force had been moulded very much 'on board' and 'in transit'. Two appendices give details of all the transport ships involved.

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    FALSE FLAGS.
    By Stephen Robinson, Hardback, 359 Pages, 160mm x 243mm Published 2016. Black & White Photographs. Line drawings

    False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas — part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale.

    Their remarkable voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic. They sank or captured 62 ships in a forgotten naval war that is now being told in its entirety for the first time. The Orion and Komet terrorised the South Pacific and New Zealand waters before Pearl Harbor when the war was supposed to be far away. The Pinguin sank numerous Allied merchant ships in the Indian Ocean before mining the approaches to Australian ports and capturing the Norwegian whaling fleet in Antarctica. The Kormoran raided the Atlantic but will always be remembered for sinking the Australian cruiser Sydney off Western Australia, killing all 645 sailors on board in devastating circumstances.

    False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.

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    MERCHANTMEN IN ACTION.
    By Roy V Martin, Hardcover, 165mm x 240mm, 160 pages, monochrome photographs. Published 2012
    During World War 2, the Merchant Navy's main task was to run the German blockade, bringing essential food, fuel and materials to a besieged nation. The civilian crews came from all parts of the Empire and beyond - more than one in six were killed. Even less is known about the part played by merchantmen in evacuations from countries that were overrun. They saved over 90,000 troops from Dunkirk and went on to rescue more than 200,000 troops and civilians from other parts of France. When Singapore fell, the Merchant Navy again helped many to escape. They moved men and materials for the landings of Madagascar, North Africa and the Mediterranean coast of Europe. A British government press release reported that 50,000 volunteer British merchant seamen manned over 1,000 ships for D-Day. They also manned salvage ships, rescue tugs and other specialist craft. Merchantmen in Action tells the story of these other achievements.

    Chapters include:

  • Singapore
  • The Norwegian campaign
  • Dunkirk
  • The Channel Islands
  • Greece and Crete
  • Sicily and Italy
  • The Normandy landings
  • The South of France
  • Gibraltar

    Also includes detailed ship listings and human stories.

    NZ$65.00 + delivery.

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