In the history of New Zealand warfare, few fighting units have eclipsed the achievements of the 28 (Maori) Battalion. Formed at the outbreak of World War Two, the Battalion gained a reputation for fearless aggression in numerous encounters in Greece, Crete, the Westerm Desert and Italy, finally returning to New Zealand in triumph in 1946.
In this concise and highly readable book, Wira Gardiner recounts the full story of the Maori Battalion, from its early beginnings to its eventual disbandment. It is a fascinating story of daring and adventure, of heroism and bravery, of victory and tragedy.
'Informed by a perspective on Maori attitudes to tribal loyalty and to warfare that have been insufficiently understood by previous writers' - Michael King, Metro
'The author has an easy, readable narrative style and cleverly interweaves his voice with those of the veterans to tell his story...compulsive reading and full of insights on Greece, Crete and North Africa.' Christopher Pugsley, The Dominion.
Condition: page edges shows some signs of use and marks and binding shows signs of wear. See photos.