‘One of the most interesting war books I have read, deeply personal and at the same time set in the strategic dimension of the conflict.’
— Colin James
‘Elizabeth Kay is telling an important story that encompasses the wartime experience of one of the noted soldiers in the New Zealand Division.’
— Christopher Pugsley
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. This is his story.