Hit and Run review: Chris Pugsley

Chris Pugsley, military historian and retired infantry officer reviewed Hit and Run in New Zealand Books with the following:

"Hit and Run is an important book, which raises uncomfortable questions that needed to be asked. On the balance of probabilities, the CDF's [Chief of Defence Force's] robust defence  does not stand up to scrutiny -- a New Zealand-led and controlled operation resulted in a large number of civilian casualties relative to the size of the rural hamlets involved. Our soldiers are well trained and professional, but that does not grant them infallibility -- in this case things appear to have gone badly wrong. I trust we learn from it."