Kiwis At War 1939-40 Part One Navy & Merch. Marine, by Martin Watson (editor)
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“Dad never spoke of his time at the war. I wish I had persuaded him to talk. But it’s too late now – he’s passed on and that part of our family history has gone with him.” In an effort to help fill that void, this Collection is aimed fairly and squarely at Baby Boomers and, just as importantly, their offspring. In Part One – Navy & Merchant Marine* - when these young people pick up their pens and write home about action AS IT HAPPENS or very soon thereafter, they have no idea of their fate or that of the free world. Outwardly, they exude confidence. Inwardly, many write with tongue placed firmly in cheek. New Zealanders are involved worldwide; from, inter alia, the sinking of the liner Rangitane off our coast, Achilles at the River Plate battle, the evacuation at Dunkirk, to the tragic demise of H.M.S. Glorious near Norway. For most, Death is a constant fellow-traveller. For many, She will beckon… * and selected others