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Eddie Norman and 25 battalion / Elizabeth Kay.

By: Kay, Elizabeth, 1948-.
Contributor(s): Norman, Eddie, 1916-1987 [author.] | Pugsley, Christopher [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand : The Cuba Press, [2019]Copyright date: ©2019Description: 364 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781988595061; 1988595061.Other title: Eddie Norman and twenty five battalion.Subject(s): Norman, Eddie, 1916-1987 | New Zealand. Army. Battalion, 25 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, New ZealandDDC classification: 940.548193 Summary: When World War Two broke out, three theological students left their college in Auckland to the sound of bagpipes and volunteered to fight. Eddie Norman, aged 22 from Hawke's Bay, was one of them. A natural leader, his first experience of action was at El Alamein in 1942 as a platoon commander, and during the Italian campaign he quickly rose to command 25 Battalion. Under Eddie, the battalion was responsible for the division's sole success at Cassino, almost single-handedly smashed the German defensive line south of Arezzo and led the advance across the Senio to the Sillaro River. He was awarded the Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order and American Legion of Merit. Eddie's regular letters home to his new wife, Margaret, described daily army life during the desert fighting in the Middle East and the wet winter campaign in Italy when the men were holed up in the ruins of Cassino and pursued the enemy through Tuscany to the Adriatic Coast. Eddie returned home to Margaret and his studies for the Anglican priesthood, eventually becoming Anglican Bishop of Wellington in 1973 and knighted. [The story] is told by Eddie's daughter Elizabeth Kay using his letters and other writings, 200 images and a series of custom-made maps.
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When World War Two broke out, three theological students left their college in Auckland to the sound of bagpipes and volunteered to fight. Eddie Norman, aged 22 from Hawke¿s Bay, was one of them. A natural leader, his first experience of action was at El Alamein in 1942 as a platoon commander, and during the Italian campaign he quickly rose to command 25 Battalion. Under Eddie, the battalion was responsible for the division¿s sole success at Cassino, almost single-handedly smashed the German defensive line south of Arezzo and led the advance across the Senio to the Sillaro River. He was awarded the Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order and American Legion of Merit. Eddie¿s regular letters home to his new wife, Margaret, described daily army life during the desert fighting in the Middle East and the wet winter campaign in Italy when the men were holed up in the ruins of Cassino and pursued the enemy through Tuscany to the Adriatic Coast. Eddie returned home to Margaret and his studies for the Anglican priesthood, eventually becoming Anglican Bishop of Wellington in 1973 and knighted. Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion is told by Eddie¿s daughter Elizabeth Kay using his letters and other writings, 200 images and a series of custom-made.

Foreword by Christoper Pugsley.

"Published with the support of New Zealand Veterans' Affairs - Te Tira Ahu Ika a Whiro"--Title page verso.

" 'both a love story and a war story. Its message is universal'-Christoper Pugsley' "--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

When World War Two broke out, three theological students left their college in Auckland to the sound of bagpipes and volunteered to fight. Eddie Norman, aged 22 from Hawke's Bay, was one of them. A natural leader, his first experience of action was at El Alamein in 1942 as a platoon commander, and during the Italian campaign he quickly rose to command 25 Battalion. Under Eddie, the battalion was responsible for the division's sole success at Cassino, almost single-handedly smashed the German defensive line south of Arezzo and led the advance across the Senio to the Sillaro River. He was awarded the Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order and American Legion of Merit. Eddie's regular letters home to his new wife, Margaret, described daily army life during the desert fighting in the Middle East and the wet winter campaign in Italy when the men were holed up in the ruins of Cassino and pursued the enemy through Tuscany to the Adriatic Coast. Eddie returned home to Margaret and his studies for the Anglican priesthood, eventually becoming Anglican Bishop of Wellington in 1973 and knighted. [The story] is told by Eddie's daughter Elizabeth Kay using his letters and other writings, 200 images and a series of custom-made maps.