Story: Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars

Waiting to go into action, Cassino, 1944

Waiting to go into action, Cassino, 1944

28th (Māori) Battalion soldiers wait to go into action at Cassino, Italy, in 1944. The soldier facing the camera is Second Lieutenant William Sutherland Laurence McRae, of Christchurch, great-grandson of Horonuku Te Heuheu, paramount chief of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The battalion served in Italy from 1943 to 1945 and was once again engaged in fierce combat. The Battle of Cassino was particularly hard fought, with heavy casualties resulting from close-quarter combat.

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Reference: Wira Gardiner, Te mura o te ahi: the story of the Maori Battalion. Auckland: Reed, 1992

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Monty Soutar, 'Ngā pakanga ki tāwāhi – Māori and overseas wars - The 28th (Māori) Battalion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2021)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016