An organisational history of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force covering its formation, initial structure, development and changes.
This history will cover the formation, initial structure, development and changes to the organisation of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) between its establishment in August 1914 and disbandment in March 1920.
Major organisational issues will be set out and analysed, including the establishment of a major bureaucracy to deal with personal administration (for example, the notification and tracking of casualties); disciplinary policy; reinforcement policy (for example, the medical grading system); the selection and promotion of officers; and how the NZEF responded to major health issues such as the 1918 flu pandemic.
The history will also cover the establishment and development of the NZEF’s camps and bases in New Zealand and overseas.
Written by Defence Force Historian John Crawford as part of First World War Centenary History programme, the history will be written in an accessible style aimed at the interested general reader, but with an analytical rigour that will make it of value to those with a more academic interest in the subject.
The book will include full citation of the sources used and be the product of a substantial amount of research using both primary and secondary sources. The text will be complemented by a range of maps, illustrations, graphs and diagrams.
The history is to be published in 2018.