The Home Front

While New Zealand soldiers slugged it out in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front, the Great War also affected those New Zealanders keeping the ‘home fires burning’.

The Home Front

By Steven Loveridge and James Watson

While New Zealand soldiers slugged it out in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front, the Great War also affected those New Zealanders keeping the ‘home fires burning’.

Soldiers may have embarked on the troopships with the euphoric desire to come to the aid of the Empire, but back home the war years were extremely disruptive and major issues divided the nation, including conscription, the treatment of conscientious objectors and defaulters, censorship, and the treatment of Germans and other ‘enemy aliens’. To cap it all off, just as the war was in its last months the influenza pandemic struck.

Until now no single history has seriously examined what life was like on the so-called ‘home front’; this book addresses that major omission and makes an important and fresh contribution to understanding a period when a new and uncertain Dominion was a nation at war.

Are you a current Country TV or Country TV Online subscriber?

12 + 5 =