Dr. Anthony Byledbal

After three years at University, studying World Art History and Archaeology, Anthony Byledbal did a Master's degree in First World War History and continued with a Ph.D thesis about the men of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company through their life before, during and after the 1914-18 conflict.

He carries today his research on the underground fights and fighters of the Great War. So he is interested in the rebirth of the sap before the First World War and in the wide enlistment of miners, workers and trade unionists in the New Zealand Tunnelling Corps.

He is also exploring the 2014-19 remembrance period in New Zealand by contributing to a research group from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, which is studying the First World War Centenary around the World.

Publication

Book

  • The Moles of the Great War. Underground fights and fighters [in French], Arras, Artois Presses Université, 2015, 168 p.

Contributions

  • “A necessary measure: the quotas for the New Zealand Tunnelling Company” [in French], in Viviane Fayaud (Ed.), Les Océaniens dans la Grande Guerre, Amiens, Université de Picardie Jules Verne [Soon to be published].
  • “Digging bigger, quicker: the New Zealand tunnellers in the Arras trenches” [in French], in Nicolas Prouteau (Ed.), Mines, tranchées et travaux d’approches de l’Antiquité à la Première Guerre mondiale, Arles, Errance [Soon to be published].
  • “The Red Feds in the uniform. The example of the New Zealand unionists in the Tunnelling Corps.” [in French], in Jean-Louis Robert (Ed.), Le syndicalisme à l’épreuve de la Première Guerre mondiale, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2017, p. 65-76.
  • “Tunnelling under Arras”, in Christopher Pugsley, John Crawford, Nathalie Philippe and Matthias Strohn (Eds.), The Great Adventure Ends: New Zealand and France on the Western Front, Christchurch, John Douglas Publishing, 2013, p. 189-209.

Articles

  • “A ‘T’ in the landscape: the New Zealand tunnellers memorial. Interview with Doreen McLeod” [in French], Observatoire du Centenaire [Online], Soon to be published.
  • “Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, a jewel case for the First World War remembrance” [in French], Observatoire du Centenaire [Online], September 2016.
  • “An hidden heritage: the legacy of the war underground in Arras” [in French], In Situ [Online], n°24, December 2014.
  • “The First World War Centenary in New Zealand” [in French], Observatoire du Centenaire [Online], September 2014.
  • “Atypical Birth of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company”, The Volunteers, Journal of The New Zealand Military Historical Society (Inc.), vol. 35, n°1, July 2009, p. 15-24.

New Zealand tunnellers

Database

  • New Zealand tunnellers Prosopographical Database [Online], Rebreuve-Ranchicourt, France: New Zealand tunnellers Website. World Wide Web Format.

Articles

  • “Call to pick and shovel”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).
  • “The Way to war”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).
  • “Beneath Artois' fields”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).
  • “Tunnelling under Arras”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).
  • “Always digging”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).
  • “Bridging at the end”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).
  • “After the Armistice”, History of the New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company [Online], December 2016 (2009).