"No infantry had a more distinguished record, or saw more fighting, or, alas, had such heavy casualties, as the Maori Battalion."    --Bernard Freyberg, the General Officer Commanding of the 2NZEF

"No infantry had a more distinguished record, or saw more fighting, or, alas, had such heavy casualties, as the Maori Battalion." --Bernard Freyberg, the General Officer Commanding of the 2NZEF

Soldiers of the Māori Battalion training in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Māori infantrymen earned a fearsome reputation for their skill with the bayonet.

Soldiers of the Māori Battalion training in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Māori infantrymen earned a fearsome reputation for their skill with the bayonet.

Soldiers of the Māori Battalion training in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Māori infantrymen earned a fearsome reputation for their skill with the bayonet.

Soldiers of the Māori Battalion training in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Māori infantrymen earned a fearsome reputation for their skill with the bayonet.

New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion members perform a haka for Cabinet minister Sir Joseph Ward at Bois-de-Warnimont, 30 June 1918. The haka introduced Maori custom and practice into the New Zealand armed services, and the use of these customs and practices grew during the conflicts of the 20th century.

New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion members perform a haka for Cabinet minister Sir Joseph Ward at Bois-de-Warnimont, 30 June 1918. The haka introduced Maori custom and practice into the New Zealand armed services, and the use of these customs and practices grew during the conflicts of the 20th century.

28 Maori Battalion.  By J. F. Cody  This book is part of the series 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945' and as such, is a formally written account. It covers departure from New Zealand to 'The Battle of Britain', then to the Middle East, Greece and Crete on to Libya, Egypt and the Western Desert Campaign under Generals Alexander and Montgomery. It includes maps and diagrams of battles.

28 Maori Battalion. By J. F. Cody This book is part of the series 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945' and as such, is a formally written account. It covers departure from New Zealand to 'The Battle of Britain', then to the Middle East, Greece and Crete on to Libya, Egypt and the Western Desert Campaign under Generals Alexander and Montgomery. It includes maps and diagrams of battles.

Hakari on the return of the Maori Battalion 23 Jan 1946 Wellington

Hakari on the return of the Maori Battalion 23 Jan 1946 Wellington

28th Maori Battalion reserves departing Rotorua for overseas service WWII

28th Maori Battalion reserves departing Rotorua for overseas service WWII

28 Maori Battalion performing a haka in northern Africa, WWII.

28 Maori Battalion performing a haka in northern Africa, WWII.


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28 Maori Battalion.  By J. F. Cody  This book is part of the series 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945' and as such, is a formally written account. It covers departure from New Zealand to 'The Battle of Britain', then to the Middle East, Greece and Crete on to Libya, Egypt and the Western Desert Campaign under Generals Alexander and Montgomery. It includes maps and diagrams of battles.

28 Maori Battalion. By J. F. Cody This book is part of the series 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945' and as such, is a formally written account. It covers departure from New Zealand to 'The Battle of Britain', then to the Middle East, Greece and Crete on to Libya, Egypt and the Western Desert Campaign under Generals Alexander and Montgomery. It includes maps and diagrams of battles.

A group of 28 (Maori) Battalion soldiers drive along a street in Sora, June 1944.

A group of 28 (Maori) Battalion soldiers drive along a street in Sora, June 1944.

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps WWII | Māori members of Women's Army Auxiliary Corp welcoming Māori ...

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps WWII | Māori members of Women's Army Auxiliary Corp welcoming Māori ...

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Saying goodbye - 28th Maori Battalion reinforcements leaving Rotorua 1944

Saying goodbye - 28th Maori Battalion reinforcements leaving Rotorua 1944

28th Maori Battalion. ‘We will lose some of the most promising of our young leaders,’ wrote Sir  Āpirana Ngata, 'but we will gain the respect of our Pakeha brothers and the future of our race as a  respected part of the New Zealand people.' 3600 men served voluntarily with the Māori Battalion, 649 were killed,1712 were wounded and  237 were taken prisoner. This casualty rate was 50% higher than the average for the NZ infantry battalions. Give your opinion or add information.

28th Maori Battalion. ‘We will lose some of the most promising of our young leaders,’ wrote Sir Āpirana Ngata, 'but we will gain the respect of our Pakeha brothers and the future of our race as a respected part of the New Zealand people.' 3600 men served voluntarily with the Māori Battalion, 649 were killed,1712 were wounded and 237 were taken prisoner. This casualty rate was 50% higher than the average for the NZ infantry battalions. Give your opinion or add information.

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The 28th Maori Battalion

The 28th Maori Battalion

THE STORY OF THE MAORI BATTALION Te Mura O Te Ahi.......  by  Wira Gardiner The Story of the Maori Battalion, Te Mura O Te Ahi. A definitive history of the 28th Maori Battalion formed at the outbreak of World War Two.  Wiri Gardiner describes the Battalion's campaigns in Greece, Crete, the Western Desert and Italy. Reed Publishing Ltd.

THE STORY OF THE MAORI BATTALION Te Mura O Te Ahi....... by Wira Gardiner The Story of the Maori Battalion, Te Mura O Te Ahi. A definitive history of the 28th Maori Battalion formed at the outbreak of World War Two. Wiri Gardiner describes the Battalion's campaigns in Greece, Crete, the Western Desert and Italy. Reed Publishing Ltd.

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