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.

28th Maori Battalion Boundaries Map shows Te Arawa were  B Company, their story can be read in  J.F. Cody's book 28 (Maori) Battalion available at the Rotorua District Library.

28th Maori Battalion Boundaries Map shows Te Arawa were B Company, their story can be read in J.F. Cody's book 28 (Maori) Battalion available at the Rotorua District Library.

Return of the Pioneer (Maori) Battalion to Putiki Pa, Wanganui district, New Zealand, after World War 1. Shows uniformed soldiers and the welcoming party. The Moutoa flag is in the centre. Other flags unidentfied. Photograph taken by Frank J Denton in 1918.

Return of the Pioneer (Maori) Battalion to Putiki Pa, Wanganui district, New Zealand, after World War 1. Shows uniformed soldiers and the welcoming party. The Moutoa flag is in the centre. Other flags unidentfied. Photograph taken by Frank J Denton in 1918.

The 28th Maori Battalion

The 28th Maori Battalion

Maori soldiers of a pioneer battalion performing the Haka for New Zealand Prime Minister William Massey, on the Western Front

Maori soldiers of a pioneer battalion performing the Haka for New Zealand Prime Minister William Massey, on the Western Front

In pre-European times, Maori tribal warfare was common. Maori warriors were strong and fearless, able to skillfully yield a variety of traditional weapons.

In pre-European times, Maori tribal warfare was common. Maori warriors were strong and fearless, able to skillfully yield a variety of traditional weapons.

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