U-series. Lieutenant Bennett - The Māori Battalion in Crete.

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Tono kōrero mai

Lieutenant Charles Bennett, one of the Māori officers who was trained in England and who at one time was a radio announcer in New Zealand, gives a tribute in retrospect to members of the Māori Battalion.

He opens his talk by offering the condolences of the Commanding Officer and members of the Māori Battalion to the relatives of those lost in Crete. The Māori Battalion remembers with gratitude the way the people in Crete, who were allies, welcomed and supported the Battalion.

Lieutenant Bennett then pays tribute to the British Navy, who made possible the occupation and evacuation of Crete. The New Zealand soldier was taught three things from their experiences in Crete:
1) Aerial bombardment inflicts few casualties on people who take the proper precautions.
2) The German schedule of attack appears to aim at spreading terror.
3) Determined Allied troops can inflict terrible casualties on parachutists and airborne troops.

He concludes with a few words in Māori to the Battalion's own people.

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Year 1941

Reference number 12608

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Genre Radio commentaries
Nonfiction radio programs
Radio programs
Sound recordings

Credits RNZ Collection
Bennett, Charles Moihi Te Arawaka (b.1913, d.1998), Speaker/Kaikōrero, New Zealand. Army. Expeditionary Force, 2nd. Battalion, 28
New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit, Broadcaster

Duration 00:04:00

Date 04 Jun 1941

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