Title: Those Who Have the Courage
The History of the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
Author: Matthew Wright
ISBN: 978-1-99-004255-3
RRP: $95.00
Specs: Jacketed hardback, 280 x 215 mm portrait, 648 pp, colour and b&w
Published: 3 April 2024

‘Those Who Have the Courage will be a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in the military and social history of New Zealand. It is a comprehensive history of the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps, the Mounted Rifles and predecessor units …’ — Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro, from the Foreword

The product of painstaking, multi-year research by esteemed historian and author Matthew Wright, this richly illustrated hardback is a must-have for the history reader. Part 1 covers the colonial cavalry that fought in the NZ Wars and Anglo-Boer War, then Part 2 moves to the Mounted Rifles distinguishing themselves in the First World War, at the end of which the tank came into play.

Part 3 describes the Armoured Corps’ varied roles in the Second World War; Part 4 details what Wright calls an ‘armoured evolution’, through actions from the Korean War to Vietnam and Part 5 records action in East Timor and Afghanistan, and modern challenges, rounding out this readable story. The appendices include rolls of honour, lists of vehicles and organisational charts.