28th Battalion, 2nd NZEF [NewZealand]
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Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 1 November 2001. Corrected and updated 06.07.2004

28th (Maori) Battalion,
2nd NZEF

New Zealand  
Titles, Lineage and War Service
History (Links)
Battle Honours
Colours, Standards and Guidons
Badges, Uniforms & Traditions
Note: This a hostilities-only battalion history. See also the main regimental page(s).
How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
  Titles and Lineage
1940.03.13 28th (Maori) Battalion
raised at Palmerston North on a tribal basis:
  • HQ Company, composite
  • A Company, from North Auckland (the Ngapuhi and subtribes)
  • B Company, from Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, and the Thames-Coromandel areas (mostly the Arawa confederation and Tuhoe tribes)
  • C Company, from the East Coast from south of Gisborne to the East Cape, Ngatiporou, Rongowhakaata, and sub-tribes
  • D Company, composite from the Waikato-Maniapoto confederation area south of Auckland (including the Taranaki tribes, the Ngati Kahungunu of Hawke's Bay-Wairarapa, the Wellington Province, the whole of the South Island, the Chathams and Stewart Island, and some from the Pacific Islands)
1946.01.23 disbanded at Wellington
  History (Links) & War Service
pip 28 (Maori) Battalion, by J.F. Cody (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45)
pip History of the 28 (Maori) Battalion (Association site)
pip Articles and Information About the 28th Maori Battalion (Maori at War)
Deployment and Service:
Colour Key:
War service
Overseas service
Home service
1940.03.13 formed at Palmerston North  
1940.05.01 at sea (embarked at Wellington) ship: Aquitania
1940.06.16 Scotland: Gourock
1940.06.18? England: Aldershot (Ewshott) 5 Bde
1940 Kent
1940.11.04 Aldershot
1941.01.07 at sea (embarked at Liverpool) ship: Athlone Castle (via Cape Town)
1941.03.03 Egypt: Tewfik
1941.03.26 at sea (embarked at Alexandria) ship: Cameronia
1941.03.27 Greece: Pireaus
1941.04 Greece 5 Bde, 2 NZ Div
1941.04.24 at sea (embarked at Porto Rafti) ship: Glengyle
1941.04.25 Crete 5 Bde, 2 NZ Div
1941.05.30 at sea
1941.05.30 Egypt: Alexandria
1941.07 Kabrit
1941.09 North Africa 5 Bde, 2 NZ Div
1943.05 Egypt
1943.10.17 at sea (embarked at Alexandria) ships: Llangibby Castle, Nieuw Holland, Letitia
1943.10.22 Italy: Taranto
1943.11 Italy
1945.05 Italy: Trieste
1945.07 Lake Trasimene
1945.12.26 at sea (embarked at Taranto) ship: Dominion Monarch
1946.01.23 New Zealand: Wellington
1946.01.23 disbanded at Wellington  
Biography and Gallantry Awards:
vc Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, VC, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference)
vc Decorations and Awards (Association site)
pip Casualties of War (Association site)
pip Nominal Roll (Association site)
Associations, Forums and Re-Enactors:
swords 28 Maori Battalion Association
Museums, Monuments, Memorials and Chapels:
monument [no external sites have been found]
  Battle Honours

The Second World War1: Mount Olympus, Olympus Pass, Greece 1941, Crete, Maleme, Canea, 42nd Street, Withdrawal to Sphakia, Middle East 1941-44, Tobruk 1941, Sidi Azeiz, Zemla, Alem Hamza, Mersa Matruh, Minqar Qaim, Defence of Alamein Line, El Mreir, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, Nofilia, Medinine, Tebaga Gap, El Hamma, Enfidaville, Takrouna, Djebibina, North Africa 1940-43, The Sangro, Castel Frentano, Orsogna, Cassino I, Monastery Hill, Advance to Florence, San Michele, Paula Line, Celle, St Angelo in Salute, The Senio, Santerno Crossing, Bologna, Idice Bridgehead, Italy 1943-45

1. awarded 1957.

  Colours, Standards and Guidons
flag construction sign
  Badges, Uniforms and Traditions
Badges: construction sign
Motto: Ake ake kia kaha e
Uniform: construction sign
Musicians: construction sign
Marches: Maori Battalion Marching Song, by Anania Amohau
Mascot: construction sign
Cody, J. F. (Joseph Frederick). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z. : War History Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs, 1956. (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) {full text}
Gardiner, Wira. Te mura o te ahi : the story of the Maori Battalion. Birkenhead, Auckland : Reed, 1992. ISBN: 0790002671
The Maori Battalion remembers. Annual. New Zealand : 28 NZ (Maori) Battalion Assoc. (Inc.),
Campbell, Alistair. Maori battalion : a poetic sequence. Wellington : Wai-te-ata Press, 2001. ISBN: 1877159115