Battle history of the Māori Battalion in Italy.
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Staff Sergeant E. H. 'Ted' Nepia (Ngāti Kahungunu) recounts the history of the Māori Battalion from the date it commenced preparations in Egypt for action in Italy.
The Battalion landed at Taranto, Italy, on the 22 October 1943. Their first major engagement in Italy was on the night of 17 February 1944 with the Cassino railway station as the objective. The Battalion next took part in the capture of Florence. They rested after fighting in these battles and then travelled to the Adriatic coast to join the 8th Army.
He ends with greetings in Māori to friends and family in New Zealand
[During Sergeant Nepia's talk, the sound of artillery shooting can be heard in the background.
One of the original discs on which this recording was made in Italy carries a wartime military censor's note that the segment containg reference to the extremely high casualty rate in the Māori Battalion, was to be cut before broadcast.]
Reference number 19985
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Radio field reports
Nonfiction radio programs
Nepia, Ted, Commentator, New Zealand. Army. Expeditionary Force, 2nd. Battalion, 28
New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit, Broadcaster
Date 05 Apr 1945