22nd Battalion 2NZEF
"Vrai et Fort"
Publications from Transport Ships from and to New Zealand
It is a long way from New Zealand to Great Britain and to the battle theatres of North Africa, Italy and Europe. And a long way home again. Everyone (and everything that went with them) travelled by ship, voyages lasting several weeks and taking the people (men and women) to foreign places many had never heard of. Large passenger liners were taken up into military service for this role, but were given "code" names for each voyage - His Majesty's Transport (HMT) X3 for instance. Many of these voyages resulted in a short publication or keep-sake that some of the men indeed did keep, or posted home.
Some of these shipboard publications contain a wealth of information, anecdote, sketches and humour that give a flavour of the life and hopes of the men. Here are a few.