"No infantry had a more distinguished record, or saw more fighting, or, alas, had such heavy casualties, as the Maori Battalion."    --Bernard Freyberg, the General Officer Commanding of the 2NZEF

Included Private Wiremu Eureti, died Street' Crete, 27 May 1941 after charging the advancing German army

Soldiers of the Māori Battalion training in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Māori infantrymen earned a fearsome reputation for their skill with the bayonet.

Māori soldiers assault with their rifles that have their sword bayonets affixed. Soldiers of the Māori Battalion training in the Western Desert, Egypt. The Māori infantrymen earned a fearsome reputation for their skill with the bayonet.

A group of 28 (Maori) Battalion soldiers drive along a street in Sora, June 1944.

Italian Vintage Photographs ~ ~ A group of 28 (Maori) Battalion soldiers drive along a street in Sora, June

New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion members perform a haka for Cabinet minister Sir Joseph Ward at Bois-de-Warnimont, 30 June 1918. The haka introduced Maori custom and practice into the New Zealand armed services, and the use of these customs and practices grew during the conflicts of the 20th century.

New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion members perform a haka for Cabinet minister Sir Joseph Ward at Bois-de-Warnimont, 30 June

28th Maori Battalion

A battlefield pilgrimage is the latest idea to promote Maori educational achievement. The Ngarimu VC and (Maori) Battalion Memorial Sc.

TradeMe.co.nz - WW1 NZ PIONEER MAORI BATTALION BADGE BRASS - New Zealand

TradeMe.co.nz - WW1 NZ PIONEER MAORI BATTALION BADGE BRASS - New Zealand

Uniformed Maori members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps welcome the Maori Battalion home on Wellington wharf.

Maori members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp, Wellington wharf.

Members of the Maori Battalion performing a haka at the opening of the Tamatekapua meeting house at Ohinemutu in 1943. Photograph taken by John Pascoe.

Members of the Maori Battalion performing a haka at the opening of the Tamatekapua meeting house at Ohinemutu in Photograph taken by John Pascoe.

Members of the Maori Battalion performing a haka at the opening of the Tamatekapua meeting house at Ohinemutu in 1943. Photograph taken by John Pascoe.

Members of the Maori Battalion performing a haka at the opening of the Tamatekapua meeting house at Ohinemutu in Photograph taken by John Pascoe.

Hakari on the return of the Maori Battalion 23 Jan 1946 Wellington

Hakari on the return of the Maori Battalion 23 Jan 1946 Wellington

28 Maori Battalion.  By J. F. Cody  This book is part of the series 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945' and as such, is a formally written account. It covers departure from New Zealand to 'The Battle of Britain', then to the Middle East, Greece and Crete on to Libya, Egypt and the Western Desert Campaign under Generals Alexander and Montgomery. It includes maps and diagrams of battles.

28 Maori Battalion. By J. F. Cody This book is part of the series 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945' and as such, is a formally written account. It covers departure from New Zealand to 'The Battle of Britain', then to the Middle East, Greece and Crete on to Libya, Egypt and the Western Desert Campaign under Generals Alexander and Montgomery. It includes maps and diagrams of battles.

Saying goodbye - 28th Maori Battalion reinforcements leaving Rotorua 1944

Saying goodbye - Maori Battalion reinforcements leaving Rotorua 1944

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