Māori Battalion, Second World War
'Eyes left!' Soldiers of 28 (Māori) Battalion march in a ceremonial parade by New Zealand infantry in the Volturno Valley, Italy, in May 1944. The Māori Battalion's reputation for courage and audacity was well-known both to their enemies and throughout the Allied forces. It greatly ...
Māori and the Second World War
Despite some opposition, nearly 16,000 Māori enlisted for service during the Second World War. By 1945, 28 (Maori) Battalion had became one of New Zealand's most celebrated and decorated units. But Māori contributed to the war effort in many different ways, at home and overseas.
Members of the Maori Battalion performing a Haka for the King of Greece at Helwan, Egypt in June 1941. Haka is is a traditional war cry, dance, of the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouting accompaniment.It is also performed for welcoming distinguished guests
Colourised WW2 images reveal life away from front lines
Images, transformed from black and whites by a design expert, show troops taking a break in a hospital tent riddled with bullet holes from a long range Nazi gun in Sicily.
Cooks from the 28th (Maori) Battalion preparing food, Southern Italy - Photograph taken by George Frederick Kaye | National Library of New Zealand
Photograph of cooks from the 28th (Maori) Battalion preparing food in a shelter, near to the shelling range on the Fifth Army Front in Southern Ita...
In View of the Past Situation
Crew of a 28th New Zealand (Maori) Battalion Bren carrier, waiting to move up to the front lines from the town of Gambettola in Italy. Photograph taken circa 19 October 1944 by George Frederick Kaye.