By Philippa Mein Smith
New Zealand was once the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled by means of people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is fantastically narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the consequences of the country's smallness and isolation, from its overdue payment through Polynesian voyagers and colonisation via Europeans – and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha – to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control worldwide forces. A Concise historical past of recent Zealand areas New Zealand in its worldwide and local context. It unravels key moments – the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior – exhibiting their function as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, financial and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.
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West of Lens at 3500 metres altitude, I attacked a Nieuport which was close behind an Albatros two-seater. Immediately, the Nieuport let up his pursuit of the Albatros two-seater, which was going down in a steep glide, and attempted to outclimb Ltn Konig and I, but I managed to get behind him. ' IBLOODY APRlr BEGINS April 1917 would be remembered grimly as 'Bloody April' in the annals of the RFC due to the heavy losses suffered during the Arras Offensive that would commence on the 9th. The first day ofApril began auspiciously for Jasta B.
Two days later Bohme explained to his girlfriend Annamarie; 'I find myself in a field hospital, because the day before yesterday a malevolent Englishman, who was defeated theoretically, shot me maliciously in the left arm. It was a Sopwith two-seater, which I had already fought down so far that he intended to land. For that reason, I spared him in a burst of sportsmanlike grace - that's what I get for my courtesy! ' Bohme received his 'Hohenzollern' during his recovery. N ow Konig and Wortmann were the only pilots left in the unit who had once flown under Boelcke.
He went to ]astaschule I on 25 May 1917, before arriving at]asta Bon 7 June. On the morning of5 June, Ltn d R Fritz Kempf ended the three-weeklong drought by downing a Sopwith Pup for his second victim. Kempf and two others attacked 'A' Flight from No 54 Sqn and 2Lt B G Chalmers came down behind German lines near Masnieres. Before Chalmers was taken prisoner, he managed to burn his Pup B1729. The next day Ltn Hunzinger claimed to have brought down another No 54 Sqn Pup at 1315 hrs, but this was disputed by Ltn Hermann Becker of ]asta 12 Becker won the victory arbitration and Hunzinger lost out on what turned out to be his only chance for an official Luftsieg.
A Concise History of New Zealand (2nd Edition) by Philippa Mein Smith