Life on board a 2NZEF troop ship: cramped, concerts and “Crossing the Line”

Some of the first recordings sent back to New Zealand for radio broadcasts in late 1940 give some insight into life on board the troop ship on which the Broadcasting Unit was travelling, as part of the Third Echelon of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

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About Norm Hatch

The late Norman J. Hatch was a World War II combat cameraman who witnessed and filmed some of the most bitter fighting in the Pacific War.

His efforts ended with, an Academy Award  for footage so brutal that it took special permission from President Franklin Roosevelt to allow his documentary on the Battle of Tarawa to be shown to the American public in 1944.

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Introducing the Norm Hatch Collection

Between June 1942 and November 1943, around 21,000 US Marines arrived in the Wellington region to prepare for or recover from combat in the Pacific. They were among about 50,000 American servicemen who would be posted in New Zealand during World War 2, an event that would have a lasting impact on local culture.  

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Celebrating Christmas in the Desert, 1942

– By Sarah Johnston (Client Services Coordinator – Radio, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision) Silent Night – Tapu te Po (Christmas

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“A Date that will Live in Infamy” – The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

– By Sarah Johnston (Client Services Coordinator – Radio, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision) A “date that will live in

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