The Orphan Master's Son: Adam Johnson

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The New Zealand Army (28th) Māori Battalion made a remarkable contribution to campaigns during the Second World War. Made up of four companies, it was formed along tribal lines – B Company, for example, drew recruits from Te Arawa, Mataātua and Tainui and famously fought at Takrona in North Africa, later described by one British Commander as the most gallant feat of arms he had witnessed. As Wira Gardiner, author of Ake Ake Kia Kaha E: B Company 28th Maori Battalion 1939-1945, journeys to Italy with the last remaining survivor, B Company History Trust Chair Graeme Vercor joins Dr Stephen Clarke for a conversation about singular courage under fire.

Sun, 19 May 2019

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