War Blacks: The extraordinary story of New Zealand's WWI All by Matt Elliott

By Matt Elliott

War Blacks is the intense tale of recent Zealand's nationwide activity and the nice warfare, and the impression each one had at the other.

Rugby and warfare have performed significant roles within the forging of a countrywide New Zealand id. this is often the tale of the place either met, at the scorching sands of Egypt and the muddy fields of england and France in the course of international battle I. conflict Blacks offers for the 1st time the tales of greater than ninety males who were, have been, or will be All Blacks and their 1914-18 wartime provider, donning the double silver fern of the recent Zealand Expeditionary strength or the badges of different international locations. whereas top quality and senior rugby in New Zealand got here to a halt because the warfare stepped forward - "fit to play, healthy to struggle" - the sport performed an enormous function within the game and morale of our troops. The amazing competition among the All Blacks and the Springboks could be traced to this era. whilst the "Invincibles" have been traveling the Northern Hemisphere in 1924-25, the ex-soldiers within the group made some degree of traveling the battlefields that they had fought on just a couple of years previous, in addition to the graves in their fallen comrades. Arguably the main recognized of the recent Zealand player-soldiers used to be Dave Gallaher, captain of the "Originals" All Blacks in 1905, who misplaced his existence in 1917 at Passchendaele. He used to be considered one of thirteen All Blacks killed in motion in the course of WWI. Others have been wounded and left anguish the consequences of energetic provider for the remainder of their lives. yet among those that performed after the struggle used to be Maurice Brownlie, one of many maximum forwards the sport has noticeable. battle Blacks is the relocating - and every now and then funny - tale of our nationwide game and the nice battle, and the influence every one had at the different.

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