The liberation of Le Quesnoy told to children

In October 2011, I received a message from Jenny Cooper a new zealand. I had the good idea to translate my web page in English and she was able to discover the town of Le Quesnoy, its history, its ramparts.

She was working on a book for children from 7 to 9 years. "This is a book about the liberation of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops in 1918. This is the true story by a young French woman living in the city at that time."


The autor of the story is Glyn Harper, he is an Associate Professor at Massey University and is the Director of Massey University’s Centre for Defence Studies.

A former teacher, he joined the Australian Army in 1988 and after eight years transfered to the New Zealand Army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He was the army’s official historian of the deployment to East Timor, and is the author of 16 books, many of which have achieved best seller status. Harper&kw2=&st=gsa
The drawings are made by Jenny Cooper, she grew up in Wellington, was formed at the Christchurch Polytechnic.

She is a graphic designer.













The history for childrens  

She has worked freelance since the early 90s, interspersing illustration for junior fiction with illustration for educational books and trade publishing.

She tutors on occasion at the University of Canterbury and Christchurch Polytechnic.














Together they made a superb book on the liberation of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops in 1918.  
      The editor is Puffin Book  
Jenny Cooper never came to Quesnoy, but by studying the photos on the Internet, she designs very close to reality.

German troops walk
into the town by the Fauroeulx gate

New-Zealand soldiers near the ramparts

They climbed the walls of the town with some ladders to liberate Le Quesnoy.

Lt Averill followed by Walter Kerr at the top of the rampart.
German defeat

Glyn thank you, for telling the liberation of Le Quesnoy,

Jenny thank you for the wonderful drawings.


Le Quesnoy launch in Palmerston North City Library
Friday, April 20, 2012





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Thank you for the dedicated book.