Author(s): Grant Middlemiss
The never before told story of the eight gunboats used during the British invasion of the Waikato in 1863/64. Read how the Waikato gunboat flotilla was formed by the New Zealand Colonial Government and used by the British Royal Navy to outflank the Maori fortifications on the Waikator river. Meet some of the individuals involved and see drawings of the ships in which they served.
New Zealand’s first navy was a collection of converted and specially-built paddle steamers, to transport and support the British army in its campaign in the Waikato, 1863-64. Grant Middlemiss has assembled years of research and worked with illustrator Harry Duncan to bring to life these ships and their achievements. With our contemporary concerns for joint operations, it’s reassuring to know that joint amphibious warfare was being successfully practiced within New Zealand 150 years ago. Middlemiss has brought a fresh perspective to the land Wars and gives us a timely reminder that sailors were the critical enabler of the military campaign - Review from April/May issue of Royal New Zealand Navy magazine Navy Today.