Te whangai ahau a ko Wiremu Hotete Wiremu (Bill Williams) 802639 no Ngai Tupango, Te Ngaere, Kaeo. I enlisted in the Regular Force Cadet School at Waiouru in February 1972. Was the RFCU 'A' Company CSM in 1973. NZ Armoured Corps in 1974. 1 Ranger Squadron NZSAS until 1977.. I rate the Maori Battalion as the greatest fighting unit of all time. The men of the Maori Battalion were the most gallant and brave soldiers ever to enter a modern theatre of war. A war not of their own making. Their exploits were second to none... for which they have never been formally and properly acknowledged... official records of accounts omit reference to the sheer gallantry and bravery of the acts of groups and individuals carried out during encounters with the enemy .. A military unit without peer ... the only unit to receive accolade from the enemy ..the 'desert fox' German General Rommel... who is reported to have said that if he had men of the calibre of the maori .. he would have won the desert war .. no greater praise than from the enemy himself.. such is the mana of the 28th Maori Battalion..True warriors and soldiers... nga tere nui a tu (pilgrims of Tu) ... Te Hoko Whitu a Tu .. kia kaha ra !