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RNZRSA Historian Dr Stephen Clarke provides his favourite websites and books relating to Passchendaele.



Lyn Macdonald, They Called it Passchendaele (London: Michael Joseph, 1978)
In this groundbreaking piece of oral history, Macdonald lets over 600 participants speak for themselves.
Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson, Passchendaele: The Untold Story (London: Yale University Press, 1996)
Widely acclaimed as the best account published to date, Prior and Wilson provide a masterly account of the campaign, establishing what occurred, what options were available, and who was responsible for the devastation.
Nigel Steele and Peter Hart, Passchendaele: The Sacrificial Ground (Melbourne: Scribe, 2003)
Drawing on the archival holdings at the Imperial War Museum, Steele and Hart provide a compelling account of the battle for Passchendaele from grand strategy at the highest levels right down to the experience of the ordinary infantrymen

New Zealand

John Crawford and Ian McGibbon (ed.), New Zealand’s Great War: New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War (Auckland: Exisle, 2007)
The most comprehensive collection of articles ever published on all aspects of New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War.
Glyn Harper, Massacre at Passchendaele: The New Zealand Story (Auckland: HarperCollins, 2000)
This book did for Passchendaele what Pugsley did for Gallipoli two decades earlier: re-discover the long-forgotten New Zealand story.
Glyn Harper, Dark Journey: Three key New Zealand battles of the Western Front, (Auckland: HarperCollins, 2007)
Includes revised edition of Massacre at Passchendaele.
Ian McGibbon, New Zealand Battlefields and Memorials of the Western Front (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001)
Essential for the kit bag of any New Zealander embarking on a pilgrimage to the Western Front.
Christopher Pugsley, The ANZAC Experience: New Zealand, Australia and empire in the First World War (Auckland: Reed, 2004)
This is a masterly synthesis of over 20 years’ research from our best known military historian
H. Stewart, New Zealand Division, 1916–1919: A Popular History based on Official Records (Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1921)
The official history of the campaign by Colonel Hugh Stewart.




In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres (Ieper)
This site provides a variety of material relating to the First World War and exhibitions at the museum, which is housed in the famous Cloth Hall in the centre of Ypres.

Memorial Museum Passchendaele
The Passendaele Museum is at the Chateau in Zonnebeke and features exhibitions relating to Passchendaele including a reconstruction of the "underground war".

Last Post Association
The Ypres (Ieper) organisation which has arranged the Last Post ceremony every evening at the Menin Gate since 1927.

New Zealand

Passchendaele Project
Auckland War Memorial Museum is undertaking Project Passchendaele as an online campaign seeking photographs, letters, personal papers and reminiscences owned by descendants of those killed or wounded in the battle. There is also a list of those New Zealanders who died at Passchendaele from the Museum's online Cenotaph Database.

From Papanui to Passchendaele
The impact of the First World War from the perspective of a New Zealand community: Papanui, Christchurch.

Passchendaele: Fighting for Belgium
This new exhibition published by the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage contains a comprehensive exhibition on the campaign and its legacy for New Zealand.



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