Previously I posted about a new book on the gunboats used during the invasion of the Waikato in 1863. I received my copy of this book the other day. And I’ve got to say it is even better than I expected.
The story is well-told and very readable and gripping. It describes how the small flotilla of converted and purpose-built ironclad gunboats supported the invasion of the Waikato in 1863.
The story brings to mind lots of intriguing wargaming scenarios, such as troop landings, assaults on fortifications, bombardments and Maori ambushes – not to mention battling against the mighty Waikato River itself, with its sunken forests and ever-shifting channels.
The illustrations are stunning. There are many contemporary paintings (some I’ve never seen before). The very detailed drawings by Harry Duncan of the vessels themselves will be inspirational for those making model gunboats, whether for the New Zealand Wars or elsewhere.
- Title: The Waikato River Gunboats
- Author: Grant Middlemiss
- Marine draughtsman: Harry Duncan
- Cover painting: Andrew Burdan
- Over 80 illustrations on 124 pages in B5 format
- Website: www.waikatorivergunboats.com
- Available by emailing the author: firstname.lastname@example.org or in New Zealand through PaperPlus stores.