Once they fought against each other for the land, now they fight together to protect it. This third book in the Kiwis at War series follows Leith, a young Scots-born lad from Otago, who has been fighting in Gallipoli. Much to his disgust, and that of his fellow Otago Mounted Rifles contingent, after the evacuation of Gallipoli they are merged with incoming new Maori contingents to become the ‘Pioneer Battalion’ – building barracks, roads and digging trenches. There is some antagonism between the two factions, and when Leith befriends Tamati, a young Maori lad who has lied about his age to enlist, they are ridiculed from both sides. But as time goes by, and they are all sent to dig trenches at the Somme, a grudging respect for each other is built up amongst the men.
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