Despatch No. 1 Cassino by A. L. Curry
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Arch Curry of the New Zealand mobile broadcasting unit, reports from the 5th Army Front in Italy where the New Zealand division is enjoying a rest period before advancing on Cassino.
On New Years Eve 1944 there had been heavy falls of snow that stopped
any major action by both sides. The Allies had their first encounter
with patrols of enemy troops in white, alpine camouflage. These German soldiers had been kept in reserve for the winter operation and their approaches were made on skis.
The New Zealanders have just been relieved after two months of active
operations. Polish forces are in action near the New Zealanders, who remember them from fighting at Tobruk in 1941 and Gazala in North Africa. The 4th India Division, also veteran desert comrades of New Zealand, has also arrived.
The fighting since crossing the Sangro River has been hard and bitter and has been the first coordinated action with Canadian forces. New Zealanders on leave have been able to go down to Bari where a New Zealand club has been established, hosted by Lady Freyberg and the Tuis.
Training exercises and parades are being carried out, along with sporting activities. Rugby is in full swing with keen competition underway.
Reference number 18866
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Curry, Arch, 1905-1964, Commentator
Date 31 Jan 1944