Story: Cards, board games and puzzles

Playing cards on a troopship, 1943

Playing cards on a troopship, 1943

These shirtless New Zealand soldiers, and a host of eager onlookers, are engrossed in a card game onboard a transport ship in the Pacific in 1943. The matches also seen on the deck may have represented winnings that would later be redeemed for cash.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
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Mark Derby, 'Cards, board games and puzzles - Gambling games', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013