New Zealand Broadcasting Service Commentator Arch Curry speaks from the North African campaign. Artillery guns are heard in the background.
This is a broadcast in the closing hours of the African campaign. Below the heights of Takrouna we are witnessing what maybe the last artillery barrage against the axis stronghold in Africa. The 8 Army Corp is commanded by General Freyberg and the New Zealanders are supported by British Infantry and the fighting French.
I'm looking out on the grim country which marked the final natural defence against our advance into the Tunisian plane. Already Tunis and Bizerta have fallen. First army assisted by 8 army units making their brilliant assault only 5 days ago. In the background you may hear some of the artillery regiments as the last positions of the axis affront are being attacked. Infantry assaults have been carried out and although the enemy is tactically surrounded his resistance has been fierce and determined. An attack on the Māoris only 2 nights ago was beaten off and one of the final triumphs of this Battalion was their sortie next day of which resulted in the capture of the entire Company which had opposed them.
Track nineteen from Ake, Ake Kia Kaha E! Songs of the 28 (Māori) Battalion
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