Story: Second World War

Country lads

The film Country lads was produced by the National Film Unit in early 1941 to record in heroic propaganda style the departure of New Zealand soldiers overseas. The title derived from a statement of Hitler's that they were 'poor deluded country lads' – which the film turned into a phrase of pride. The film plays up the fact that those who were part of the early echelons were largely civilians who had previously had little, if any, military training.

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Reference: Country Lads. National Film Unit, 1941

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - New Zealand’s involvement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/34555/country-lads (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 May 2016