70 years ago this month
Reconnaissance and patrols are undertaken to ready for the Battalion's attack on the Cassino railway station. The attack saw the unit suffer over 100 casualties in less than 24 hours, the heaviest of any of the New Zealand units. Read the war diary for February 1944 here
Officers of the Battalion
Officers of the Battalion attend the unit's anniversary dinner marking being overseas for two years at St George Hotel, Beirut, 5 June 1942.
From the front: Tiwi Love, Kahi Harawira, Henry Toka, Capt. Shaw-Thompson, Reg Mariu, Harry Lambert, Charlie Bennett (YMCA), George Marsden, William Vercoe.
Right: Fred Baker, Reta Keiha, Jumbo Joseph (NZ-born Syrian), Ben Ropata, Rangi Logan, Ben Porter, Johnson, Dr MacDonald, Duncan McRae, Jack Reedy, Jim Matehaere.
(Caption information from Soutar, Nga Tama Toa, 2008, p.204)
Sydney (Bully) Jackson collection.