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"Around the campfire, Sollum"


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“The photographs look absolutely ravishing – worthy of any award that might have come out of the Dunedin Photographic Society, a situation which surely must make Struan MacGibbon very happy in heaven!  This book is a labour of love and a highly successful attempt to portray the man and his feelings with his own pictures and words. It also fills an important gap in our cultural heritage. As such I cannot recommend it too highly.
William Main,  NZ Journal of Photography

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“MacGibbon was a genuinely curious and surprisngly well informed tourist, as well as being an able photographer with a keen eye...these images attain a documentary incisiveness that brings to mind the homefront photographs of John Pascoe.
Gerald Barnett, NZ Listener, 23 February 2002

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“Struan's War" is a book of gorgeous photos and text compiled by New Zealand Division gunner Struan MacGibbon in North Africa and the Middle East during World War II. It's not simply a chronicle of war and destruction. Large sections are devoted to recreation, troop entertainment, and sightseeing. MacGibbon's photos make excellent Web fodder. On paper, they must be spectacular...an amazingly tasty sample.
Netsurfer Digest, 29 November 2001

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“A keen and intelligent observer and a first rate talent with a camera, Gunner Struan MacGibbon kept a fascinating record of the war. His meticulously kept diary and superb photographs have been assembled in an attractive and different history that will ring bells for every Kiwi ranker who served in the Middle East. The text...is a rare and valuable sociology of military life in the ranks in the desert.
Roy Burke, Waikato Times

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“New Zealand soldiers fighting during World War II were forbidden from keeping diaries and taking photographs. Luckily for posterity, Struan MacGibbon broke both rules.
David Famularo, The Dominion

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“I gave the book to Dad [a veteran of the Desert War] last night. He could not tear himself away and last seen was still bent over it muttering, ‘this is really great...’

What a clever idea to make it like a photo album. You have  every reason to be very proud of a fine publication, and an historically important one at that.
Christine French, Invercargill, N

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“...a marvellous evocation...an amazing blow by blow account. The photographs are really professional, and some of his subjects move outside the area we're used to seeing from the official photographers.
Jim Sullivan, ‘Sounds Historical’, National Radio

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“Letters from the Battlefield and Struan's War, in different ways, both provide snapshots of the experiences of ordinary soldiers that don't appear in the accounts of grand plans and strategic battles. As such, both have a ring of authenticity about them. For those who lived through them, the wars were life-changing experiences. From these two books, we can glean some insight into the nature of that change. Struan's War...is fascinating stuff...provides a glimpse of one man's war that is so personal it almost has you looking over your shoulder to make sure no one is watching. These are two really well produced compilations of useful primary sources...worthy additions to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the New Zealanders' war experience.
Mark Sheehan, The Evening Post

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“When Gore High School old boy Struan MacGibbon sailed off on his big OE in 1941, he was determined to record the experience. And record it he did, with extreme diligence and a high degree of skill."
Gore High School Ex-pupils Association Newsletter

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