I really want to thank all the participants who have been interviewed for this series. Sadly some of them are now no longer with us, but I am so glad to have had the opportunity to meet them all and record their contributions. Without all of these veterans the series could never have happened, and I hope that they will all continue to tell their stories through these recordings to many generations to come.

I want to thank my late friend Peter Lee for inspiring this series and his help in getting the initial interviews made. I miss you mate!

One of the truely big helps and also inspirations for me through this project has been veteran Colin Murray of Te Awamutu, who's been ever so helpful throughout, and always willing to lend a hand.

I am very grateful to Richard Carstens who has also supported this series, and he’s kindly contributed a few of his own interview recordings to use in some episodes, which come from the Our War series he and I have been working on since 2009.

I’m indebted to the staff of Te Awamutu RSA, particularly Allistair Kerr and Bill Lyford who did so much to make the recordings there happen. The same can be said for the Te Awamutu-based branch of the Kings Empire Veterans.

Also the staff of the Papanui RSA in Christchurch too, with special thanks to Wendy Clark and Teresa Tod who were there at the time.

And another RSA club that was a great help was the one at Whangarei. Thanks to Colleen Towgood and Marian Barclay there for their help.

My thanks to Peter Scott, President of the South Island Branch of the Italy Star Association for his constant support and guidance, and to the past-President of the same organisation, Jack Cummins, for his help too.

Thanks too to Haurima Fraser of the 28 (Maori) Battalion Association who gave Richard Carstens and myself the memorable opportunity of attending a battalion reunion and meeting and interviewing veterans.

I’m grateful too to Mike Butler for his assistance, and to Steve Rowe for his support and advice over the production period. And David Mannering of the Hamilton Officers Club, and veteran Gordon Briggs for his generosity.

And on the technical side of things I want to give huge shout outs to Kerry Carlyle who’s done so much behind the scenes, and to Grant McHerron who has been a legend in helping me get the series up online and accessible to the public. We’re nearly there as I type, and hopefully by the time you read this you’ll be able to listen to at least the first two episodes, and maybe more.

And a huge thanks to Jason Mac for taking the time out of his busy schedule as a DJ with The Rock to record the narration.

Lastly I’d like to say I hope you enjoy the series, and that you’ll learn from it, like I have. We need these stories to be heard and passed on, so make sure you share them – pass on the files, share the links. We need to remember what these brave men and women did in Italy 70 years ago. We will remember them. Lest We Forget.





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