The 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War has been marked by the The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre by the availability online of a number texts relating to New Zealand's role in the conflict. These First World War volumes concentrate almost exclusively on the activities of the troops on the battlefields.
* The New Zealand Division 1916 - 1919: A Popular History Based on Official Records, by Colonel Hugh Stewart
* The New Zealanders in Sinai and Palestine, by Lieutenant Colonel C. Guy Powles
* The War Effort of New Zealand, by Lieutenant H. T. B. Drew
* The Story of Two Campaigns: Official War History of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, 1914-1919, by C. G. Nicol
* Official War History of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment 1914-1919, by Major A. H. Wilkie
* Official History of the Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. in the Great War 1914-1918, by Lieutenant Arthur Emmett Byrne
* The History of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914 - 1919, by Captain David Ferguson
* The Wellington Regiment (NZEF) 1914 - 1919, by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Archibald Lawrance Treadwell, Major General W. H. Cunningham and Lieutenant J. S. Hanna
* Official History of the New Zealand Engineers During the Great War 1914-1919.
* With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine, by Major J. H. R. Luxford
* Regimental History of New Zealand Cyclist Corps in The Great War 1914-1918, by Officers of the New Zealand Cyclists Corp
* The Samoa (N.Z.) Expeditionary Force 1914-1915, by Stephen John Smith
* With the Trench Mortars in France, by Lieutenant William Esmonds Lennox Napier
* With the Cameliers in Palestine,by John Robertson
* Ways and By-Ways of a Singing Kiwi with the N.Z. Divisional Entertainers in France, by William Ernest McKinlay
* The Maoris in the Great War, by James Cowan
* The New Zealanders at Gallipoli, by Colonel Fred Waite
They contain some perspectives and activities in the conflict that are little remembered now, including the activities of the Camiliers, the activities of New Zealand's only dedicated Cyclist Corps, and those of the divisional entertainers in France.
Two more personal titles are also available on the site:
* Gallipoli Diary
, by Edward P. Cox
Edward Cox's Gallipoli Diary provides an individual's view of the journey to, and the fighting at Gallipoli, and once the troops embark for Gallipoli the accounts often make sober, but not entirely unleavened reading.
* We Will Not Cease, by Archibald Baxter
Archibald Baxter's account of his treatment as a concientious objector during the First World War provides an insight into a society still closely wedded to the British Empire, and the confusion it experienced in dealing with those who didn't conform to the imperial ideals.
Some other texts which form part of the histories associated with New Zealand's activities in the the First World War will be available over the next few weeks:
* The History of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles.
* Official History of The New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
* The Auckland Regiment.
* The New Zealand Medical Service in the Great War, 1914-1918.
* The mounted riflemen in Sinai and Palestine: The story of New Zealand's crusaders.
* Armageddon or Calvary: The Conscientious Objectors of New Zealand and "the Process of Their Conversion"
* The Silent Division: New Zealanders at the front, 1914-1919
* Historic Trentham 1914-1917