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The New Zealand Wars, 1820-72


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Introduction: pre-colonial Maori society and warfare /The musket wars: from early 18th-century white contacts, to Hongi Hika's wars of expansion in 1820-35 /The wars of conquest, 1840s: Hone Heke's campaigns - British forces in New Zealand: infantry, artillery, engineers, Naval Brigade /The 1860s campaigns: British tactical adaptations - assaults on fortified positions - Maori responses /1865-72: the Pai Maarire movement - guerrilla warfare - Te Kooti Arikirangi's campaigns - local Volunteer, Militia and Constabulary units - pro-government Maori groups /Bibliography /Plate commentaries /Index

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Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and fascinating early photographs, this book tells the parallel stories of the fierce Maori resistance to British colonial expansion, and of the adaptation of British and local New Zealand forces to bush fighting.

About the Author

Ian Knight is a leading international expert on colonial-era warfare, notably the Anglo-Zulu War. He has written, co-written or edited over 30 books, many for Osprey, including FOR 081 Maori Fortifications.


"The Men at Arms series is as much a book on weapons and uniforms as it is on a historical background. This one is no exception and has not only some superb period photos of those involved, but some excellent full color art work showing the weapons and the dress of these folks. It makes for a most interesting book for those who know little to nothing about the period and place. A book I very much enjoyed reading and I know you will as well." --Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (April 2013)"Knight concisely but thoroughly conveys the history as well as the weapons and dress of the Maori warriors, British forces and colonial troops. Color plates by Raffaele Ruggeri are teamed with lots of illustrations and photos in black and white to punctuate this intriguing chronicle of clashes between the British Empire and formidable foes." --Toy Soldier & Model Figure (August 2013)"...this account from an expert on colonial warfare features rare photos and color plates to examine the tactics and perspectives of both sides, and is a 'must' for both military and New Zealand history holdings." --The Midwest Book Review (July 2013)"...a must for any international military history collection, highly recommended." --The Midwest Book Review (May 2013)

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