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NZ Army supports Khaki All Blacks book

17 March 2005

NZ Army supports Khaki All Blacks book in build up to UK tour

The Chief of Army, Major General Jerry Mateparae will attend the launch of Mike Whatman’s new book, ‘Khaki All Blacks’ tomorrow at a reunion dinner at the Petone Rugby Football Club in Wellington.

The New Zealand Army, in conjunction with publishers, Hodder Moa Beckett supported author, Mike Whatman in bringing ‘Khaki All Blacks’ to fruition. The book provides an overview of the successful WWII Army rugby tour and includes personal observations of the touring experience by some of the team’s legendary players.

Described by Major General Mateparae as ‘a fitting tribute to the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force rugby team of 1945-46 that served its country with such distinction’ the book is an excellent historical record of the honour and success of the 1945 Army rugby team, fondly known as the ‘Kiwis’.

The book launch comes at a time when the Army’s representative men’s and women’s rugby teams are in the final stages of preparing for a commemorative tour to the UK in honour of the Kiwis. The 60th anniversary tour party depart New Zealand on 16 April.

The tour is particularly special for the surviving 1945 Kiwis as it is likely to be the last time they will bear witness to a tour that commemorates them and is in their honour. The Army is planning to take up to four of the surviving Kiwis veterans on the tour.

Nine of the veterans will be attending the book launch on Friday.


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