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22nd Battalion 2NZEF

"Vrai et Fort"

Photographs of training in Waiouru and then in Egypt and Italy

Douglas FROGGATT (437161) was a signaller in the 22nd Battalion. He was part of the 8th Reinforcements that joined the Battalion in Egypt after the fall of Rommel and took part in the rebuilding of the Battalion prior to its transfer to Italy. Douglas took part in all the Battalion actions from the Sangro to Cassino and beyond, but was severely wounded in the legs during the night attack on the outskirts of Florence on 30 May 1944. After some time in hospitals in Italy he returned home on the hospital ship.

These photos are from his album and record his early days of training in Waiouru and Palmerston North and his recreation time in Maadi and Italy.

Waiouru - August 1941
Web and rifle before manoeuvers
Max Shotter and self on sentry duty
Manawatu 1942
Field Telephone - Hawkes Bay
Kit Inspection
"At Rest" during operations
Washing - Palmerston North
Jimmy Edwards, Ian Faulk and self
Guard on Main Gate - Palmerston North 1942
"Sigs" - Feilding
"Despatch" Riders
Ernie Maetzig
"Gas Course" - Dannevirke
"Mess" at Palmerston North
"Packing up" - Foxton
Waiouru Camp at night....
and during the day.
The camp with Ruapehu
Waiouru Camp
Winter - 1941
The tent lines in snow
More of 1941
Winter 1941

And then Overseas

In Opera Square - Cairo
Self and Jock Coburn - Cairo 1943
Self and Stan Chong
Brother Gordon and self - Maadi August 1943
NZ Club - Cairo
Tent mates - Maadi
Sampling "wog" beer - Maadi
Sphinx and Cheops Pyramid
Close up of a pyramid
"Gyypo Bazaar"
"Gharri - George!"
"Japanese Gardens" - Helwan
"Japanese Gardens" - Helwan
Chaff-making, Egyptian style
"Japanese Gardens" - Helwan
Self, Jack and Mac
St Peters Church, Vatican
Rex alongside the Coleseum - Rome
Monument "Victor Emmanuelle" - Rome
"Texas" Smith in Rome
The Boys on steps St Peters, Rome

Back in NZ - And I'm glad to be.

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Last updated: 22 August 2022