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Courage and Valour: New Zealanders in the Italian Campaign of World War Two An oral history series in which New Zealand veterans tell the story of their experiences in the Italian Campaign in the Second World War.
||CleanEpisode 11 – The Engineers||Episode Eleven: In this episode we hear stories from Engineers of the New Zealand Army who served in Italy. The Engineers performed a myriad of important tasks that kept the Army moving forward, from building bridges over rivers and canals were pre[||5 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCourage And Valour Extra – Kay de Lautour||In this Courage And Valour “Extra” episode Dave Homewood has a brief chat with artist Kay de Latour, who is the daughter of Italian Campaign veteran Eric de Latour. She lives very near to Cassino in Italy where her father fought, and sh[...]||30 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 – Life In The Poor Bloody Infantry||In this episode of Courage And Valour, the veterans of the New Zealand Infantry Battalions talk frankly about the life of an infantry soldier in the front lines, and behind the lines, in WWII, both in Egypt and in Italy. This is a collection of memo[...||16 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 – Trieste and War’s End||This episode covers the New Zealand Infantrymen of the 2nd NZ Division who had been sitting for months at the Senio River. We follow their story as they break out north in the spring offensive, rolling north up through the top of Italy all the way t[...||1 10 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – The Adriatic||Following the victory in taking the vital city of Florence from the Germans, the New Zealand Division rested and re-equipped at Impoli for a short period. They also took on reinforcements here. Then when ready again for action the Div moved back eas[...||28 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWounded at El Alamein||In this Courage And Valour “Extra” we hear the vivid memories of 24 Battalion soldier Pat Green recalling not only his first battle but his first wound in battle too, in the first battle of El Alamein in September 1942. This story is pie[...]||17 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rubicon||The Rubicon is an important river in Italian history, and during the Italian Campaign the 2nd New Zealand Division found themselves in battle to cross the Rubicon, on their way north towards Florence. In this mini-episode we hear from two 21 Battali[...||17 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – Towards Florence||In this episode we hear from a reinforcement joining the fight, and we follow the New Zealand infantry as they move northwards up through Italy towards the important city of Florence. They encounter the formidable Paula Line, a series of defences ar[...||10 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – After Cassino||In this episode we continue with the story of the New Zealand infantrymen after they were moved out of Cassino township, following the battle and stalemate they’d endured there. Following a brief respite to recover, they were moved into the mo[...]||4 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 – Cassino Part Two||In this episode pick up the story continuing on from episode four, joining the kiwi veterans again just following the massive bombing and artillery barrage that flattened the ancient town of Cassino in March 1944. When the dust settled and night fel[...||8 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 – Cassino Part One||In Episode Four of Courage And Valour, we hear from veterans of the 2nd NZ Division who fought in the campaign at Cassino. This town was considered the gateway to Rome, if the Allies could take it they would open up the road (Route 6) and the railwa[...||10 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 – Castel Frentano And Orsogna||In this third episode in the Courage And Valour series we hear from veterans of the New Zealand Infantry remembering their part in the battles to take the German regional headquarters and the nearby village of Castel Frentano, and their attempt to a[.||30 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 – Into Italy, Into Battle||Episode Two: In this episode we hear veterans talking about the New Zealand Division’s preparations in Egypt, for the impending invasion of Italy, and then their arrival on Italian soil. They tell of the further training near Taranto and Bari [...]||27 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 – Joining the Army and Training In New Zealand||Episode One: In this first episode we hear veterans of the New Zealand Army remembering the days when they first joined up, and their training at home, their garrison duties and courses undertaken, and all that went into preparing them for war later[...||25 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
This is truly amazing! Leaves me speechless. (just one down pint could you push the sound of the old boys up just a tad but more?)
Breathtaking honesty and heartbreaking experiences
At the time of writing this I'm 28, older than most - if not all - of the men interviewed were during their wartime service. I don't think I could've lived through and accomplished what they did. Dave Homewood's work in compiling this series is to be commended as already some of them have died. Their stories need to be recorded for future generations to learn from and enjoy. Thanks Dave for your efforts and please do give this series a listen.