U-series. News from the troops No. 2. Part 1 of 6

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Part 1 of 6.
Unit commentator Doug Laurenson records a programme on life on board a New Zealand troop ship. [This was the Empress of Japan" , carrying the Third Echelon of the 2NZEF] He begins with a report on the first shore leave enjoyed by the men [Western Australia.]

He says the first day of leave after thousands of miles of ocean travel was memorable. Twelve hours were spent on shore. After landing at a namelss port [Fremantle] they travelled some 12 miles or so by troop train [to Perth]

Both sides of the track were lined with people cheering and waving. At a petrol station they received the universal sign 'Thumbs Up N.Z'.

This item is part of a collection of recordings made by the Mobile Broadcasting Units, which travelled overseas with New Zealand forces between 1940-1945. They recorded New Zealanders' experiences of war and messages to their families and friends, which were sent back home to be played on a weekly radio programme.

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Year 1940

Reference number 10977

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Special events radio coverage
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
Sound recordings

Credits Laurenson, Doug, Commentator
New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit, Broadcaster

Duration 00:04:03

Date 10 Sep 1940

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