May 04, 2017
View from the foxhole shapes D Company history
The historian commissioned to write the story of 28 Maori Battalion’s D Company says his knowledge of the battlefields will help his telling of the stories.
The company included not just Maori from the lower North Island and Te Waipounamu but also volunteers from the Pacific Islands.
Harawira Craig Pearless has a military and police background, combined with years of study and research.
Over the past decade he has been to 28 places in Greece, North Africa and Italy where the Battalion saw action.
"To see with one’s own eyes is to see what the men saw and to understand the lie of the land and that enhances our storytelling because when we are writing and we are contextualising what war diaries and the after action reports tell us, we can relate to that because we have stood there and seen what our tupuna saw," Mr Pearless says.
A significant part of the project will be tracking down stories of the Maori war effort at home, Nga mahi o te haukainga
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