In this collection of oral histories, seven men and one woman tell exactly how it felt to be in the fighting zones of the last global conflict. Their stories cover much of World War II, from retreat on Crete to victory at Trieste. Through them we experience the hard slog of the infantry, incarceration as a prisoner of war. battles in the air and skirmishes at sea, the warrior spirit of the Maori Battalion, and the tender care of devoted nurses
Members of the 22nd New Zealand Motor Battalion, on a captured German Panzer VI 'Tiger' tank of the sPz.Abt.508, in the village of La Romola, Italy, on the 2nd of August 1944. (Source - The National Library of New Zealand - Photograph by NZ official photographer - George Kaye) (Colourised by Paul Reynolds.
Tu by Patricia Grace. Tu is proud of his name – the Maori god of war. But Tu is the sole survivor from the three brothers who went to war. Now, when his young niece and nephew come to him to find out what happened, Tu is brought face to face with the past. What really happened to the three brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in the hills and valleys of Italy is contained in the pages of his war journal, and this he now decides to give to his niece and nephew.