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22nd Battalion 2NZEF

"Vrai et Fort"

Photographs of Egypt, Italy and places visited by PTE Frederick PINNY (229770)

Frederick William PINNY (229770) was in the 22nd Battalion. He joined the Battalion in the latter part of 1942, taking part in the battles in North Africa, including El Alamein, then on to Italy for the rest of the war. After the surrender in Trieste in May 1942 Fred with the Battalion spent several months camped outside Trieste and then were sent down to Lake Trasimeno. During this time parties of the 22nd went on "swanning" trips into the Italian and Swiss Alps, before Fred came home to New Zealand as part of the "Tekapo" draft in September 1945 onboard the s.s. Strathmore. .

In addition to his photo album and other documents that the family has supplied, they have also told his army story in a video that can be seen here.

"Fred's War - a video essay"

You can download and play the MP4 file here
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Fred's War through his photo albums

In the desert


Leave travel and "swanning" trips

During leave periods and after the war was over, men were able to travel to visit places of interest. From the selection of photos, both his own and sets purchsed en route, it is clear Fred visited Palestine (Jeruselem, Haifa and ) possibly while the Battalion was stationed in Syria. as well as Milan, Venice and the Italian and Swiss Alps (the latter was definitely a "swanning trip").


In addition to photos in his album, Fred had kept a souvenir booklet of photos of Milan. You can look at this booklet here

Italian and Swiss Alsps
The Holy Lands
Jerusalem War Cemetery

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Last updated: 30 January 2023