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              Wellingtons over the Med: A Kiwi bomber pilots story from the Mediterranean
               

              Wellingtons over the Med: A Kiwi bomber pilots story from the Mediterranean (Paperback)

              By Stowers, Richard

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              Bob Stowers, at the age of just 21, was Wellington bomber pilot with 70 RAF Squadron in the Mediterranean theatre during 1943. While with the squadron Bob flew 42 operations against heavily defended ports, railways, airfields and troop concentrations in North Africa and Italy. Fo...r his bravery and devotion to duty, Bob was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM). A full and accurate description is given of each operation, as well as airfield life in the North African desert. Stuck in the desert with little to no contact with Britain, the airmen of Bob's squadron had to overcome the belief they were fighting a forgotten war. The lack of coverage the Mediterranean theatre received in British media, which included the BBC news and the London dailies as opposed to what Bomber Command received caused many of the crews to feel that they were in a backwater. Even today many historians consider the Mediterranean theatre a lesser campaign. Wellingtons over the Med is authored by Bob Stowers' son Richard, of Hamilton, New Zealand. In his own words: When I was a boy I found an old leather suitcase tucked in the rafters of the woolshed. It took me a while to realise the significance of the contents, but I established that my dad had been a bomber pilot in the war. To me he instantly became a real hero in a real war. No combat role in the war was easy. Dad witnessed death at 10,000 feet and on the ground. He knew the emotions of combat and the toll it took on the human soul. Like any other bomber pilot, he felt happiness and relief when he sighted his home airfield after returning from combat. Dad never talked much about his war experiences. There were bits here and there. But the war certainly defined him. Throughout his life he was known as a quiet, loving and modest man. Many believed he was a perfect gentleman. One would struggle to think he was once a bomber pilot. Recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Medal [with 70 RAF Squadron]: This N.C.O. has carried out a mo
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              ISBN 9780473210953
              Published AU 3 May 2012
              Publisher Richard Stowers
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              Heroes of Gallipoli: The Gallantry of New Zealanders on Gallipoli
               

              Heroes of Gallipoli: The Gallantry of New Zealanders on Gallipoli (Hardback)

              By Stowers, Richard

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              With the centenary of the First World War upon us in 2015, Richard Stowers has written this book to increase the awareness of the unpretentious gallantry and service by New Zealanders during the Gallipoli campaign. The book details the bravery and distinguished service of men and... women of the 1st echelon of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the Gallipoli campaign. In some ways those listed in the book were the lucky ones whose courage was officially recognised. Many more who did heroic acts were not so fortunate, and their actions were never officially recognised due to the fortunes of war. Often overshadowed by the exploits of the Australians who were awarded nine Victoria Crosses during the Gallipoli campaign, time and time again the New Zealanders were denied gallantry medals by their high command. New Zealand can be rightly proud of these men and women who did extraordinary deeds during times of danger, hardship and peril.
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              ISBN 9780994105950
              Published AU 31 Oct 2015
              Publisher John Douglas Publishing
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              New Zealand Rough Riders
               

              New Zealand Rough Riders (Paperback)

              By Stowers, Richard

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              The South African War of 1899-1902, largely a forgotten war, has long been overshadowed by two World Wars. New Zealand sent over 6,000 men to fight a foe that they came to respect, and considered as not too dissimilar to themselves. In South Africa, the New Zealanders were highly... praised for their field craft, horsemanship, discipline, and gallantry. The war proved a time when New Zealand's national identity and its bond with Britain and other colonies of the British Empire, developed and strengthened
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              ISBN 9780473336943
              Published AU 10 Jan 2015
              Publisher Richard Stowers
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              Von Tempsky and the Forest Rangers
               

              Von Tempsky and the Forest Rangers (Paperback)

              By Stowers, Richard

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              The legendary Forest Rangers were an irregular corps that fought during the New Zealand Wars. Raised initially for scouting duties with the British Imperial forces prior to the invasion of the Waikato, the Forest Rangers soon proved themselves adept at bushfighting against North ...Island Maori resisting the dubious land-grabbing policies of the Colonial Government. "Never more than 100 strong, and superbly led by the indomitable soldier-settler William Jackson and the Prussian adventurer Gustav von Tempsky, the Forest Rangers took the fight to Maori in their own bush environment. "Armed with breech-loading carbines, fighting knifes and revolvers, the men were well equipped and skilled in close-quarter fighting. Amongst their ranks were ex-British soldiers, disaffected seamen, out-of-luck gold miners and gentlemen adventurers, all eager for action and the 'Queen's shilling'. An added incentive was the promise of confiscated Maori land. "Romanticised by Colonial writers of the day but considered ill disciplined by British officers, the Forest Rangers were much feared by Maori. Their campaigning in the Waikato, Taranaki and East Coast wars was both arduous and ruthless, as they searched for and engaged Maori. "Resourceful in both combat and bushcraft, the Forest Rangers were considered the elite of the colonial units and in later years many an old soldier made spurious claims of having served alongside the dashing von Tempsky. However, their aggressive waging of war against Maori in actions such as the Battle of Orakau and the sacking of Rangiaowhia still generates unease and controversy today." (Hugh Keane) Richly illustrated. Numerous maps.
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              ISBN 224727
              Published AU 6 Jul 2011
              Publisher Richard Stowers
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              The Great Adventure Ends New Zealand and France on The Western Front
                

              The Great Adventure Ends New Zealand and France on The Western Front (PDF ebook – 1st edition)

              By Philippe, Nathalie; Pugsley, Christopher; Crawford, John; Strohn, Matthias; Illustrated by Stowers, Richard

              This book, has been written by an eclectic group of French and New Zealand writers and researchers, which grew out of a successful conference held in Le Quesnoy in 2008. The First World War ended for the New Zealand Division some kilometers east of the old walled fortress town of... Le Quesnoy in Northern France on 11 November 1918. The war had a cataclysmic impact on New Zealand which echoes to this day. It had even a greater impact on France which endured much of its countryside and towns being in turn occupied by the German imperial armies, and then devastated in the battles to force their withdrawal. The human cost was of a similar scale.
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              ISBN 9780987667526
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              Language en
              Published AU 27 Jun 2013
              Publisher John Douglas Publishing
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              New Zealand Medal To Colonials : Detailed Medal Rolls Of Officers And Men In Colonial Units Who Received The New Zealand Medal For Service In The New Zealand Wars 1845-1872
               

              New Zealand Medal To Colonials : Detailed Medal Rolls Of Officers And Men In Colonial Units Who Received The New Zealand Medal For Service In The New Zealand Wars 1845-1872 (10th updated edition)

              By Stowers, Richard

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              Detailed medal rolls of officers and men in colonial units who received the New Zealand Medal for service in the New Zealand Wars 1845-1872. listing biographical details of 4690 applicants for colonial-issue medals. These are listed alphabetically by unit. Also a list of 1955... Imperial-issue medals to the Imperial Commissariat Transport Corps. The book also gives: Indexes; Description of the medal and its issue in New Zealand; New Zealand Cross recipients; List of engagements; Over 60 photographs and illustrations; And much more. A must for genealogists, historians, collectors etc.
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              ISBN 9780473285388
              Published AU 1 Jan 2014
              Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
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              Blue Devils : History Of The Royal Navy And Royal Marines In The New Zealand Wars 1845-1866
               

              Blue Devils : History Of The Royal Navy And Royal Marines In The New Zealand Wars 1845-1866 (5th updated 2015)

              By Stowers, Richard

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              History of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in the New Zealand Wars including detailed medal rolls of officers ans men who received the New Zealand Medal 1845-1866. 110 A4 pages - listing biographical details (alphabetically by ship) of Royal Navy and Royal Marine recipients of ...the New Zealand Medal. The book also gives: Tables of medal distribution; Deaths in New Zealand; Numerous photographs and illustrations; And much more. A must for families of recipients, historians, history students, collectors and genealogists.
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              ISBN 9780473338626
              Published AU 1 Jan 2015
              Publisher Richard Stowers
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