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Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion

Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion
  

A natural leader, Eddie Norman's 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. Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion is told by Eddie's daughter Elizabeth Kay using his letters and oth... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781988595061
Release Date 1 November 2019
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kay, Elizabeth
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ISBN-13 9781988595061
ISBN-10 1988595061
Stock Release date is 1 November 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher unlisted
Imprint The Cuba Press
Release Date 1 November 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kay, Elizabeth
Category World History: Second World War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 1007736

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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 maps.

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