'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 - 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