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Christopher Pugsley's A Bloody Road Home tells the story of New Zealand's famous Second Division in World War Two. Gripping, insightful and authoritative, it is a testament to the men who so bravely served.

'This is a story worth telling and deserves to be read by all New Zealanders.'
--Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand
A Bloody Road Home is the story of 2 New Zealand Division in World War Two. Commanded by the New Zealand-raised and educated Lieutenant General Sir Bernard 'Tiny' Freyberg, in six years of war it became one of the finest fighting divisions in the British and Commonwealth Armies.
The first ever single-volume history of the Division, A Bloody Road Home is a story of trial and error, failure and success. Told in the words of the officers and soldiers who served, it charts the Division's formation in Egypt through to the campaigns of Greece, Crete and North Africa. From the battle for Tobruk to the advance on Tunis; to the onslaught up the spine of Italy from Orsogna via Monte Cassino, Florence; and to the final encounter at Trieste in 1945, no stone is left unturned.
Acclaimed military historian Christopher Pugsley skilfully examines the Division's operations at a tactical and leadership level – according both praise and blame – and relays the experiences of everyday soldiers in their own words, to powerful effect.
A magnificent story of New Zealand endeavour and achievement, and a landmark text in every sense of the word, A Bloody Road Home is an exacting revision of accepted history and a celebration of the men who so bravely served.
***Shortlisted for the 2014 Templer Medal***


The national blood and treasure put into 2 NZEF was unprecedented and surely will never be repeated. They fought a retreating battle in Greece, lost Crete, won the Western Desert in North Africa and suffered a terrible defeat at Monte Cassino in Italy. Pugsley's book conveys with clarity and passion the scale of the contribution made by these men.

Michael Field, Sunday Star-Times

More than just another military history. Pugsley has given the story a life that any of us can identify with. It will be an enduring work.

Matthew Wright, New Zealand Listener

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  • Hardback


    November 19, 2014


    624 pages

    RRP $70.00

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