21 Apr 2012

24 Battalion images to screen

1:48 pm on 21 April 2012

Rare World War II images will play across the walls of the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Saturday and Sunday evening and on Anzac Day.

The 12-minute film is of the 24th New Zealand infantry battalion campaign leaving New Zealand for North Africa, Greece and Italy.

It was commissioned by the museum to mark the end of the 24 Battalion Association, after 65 years.

In all, 522 of the 3500 men in the battalion died fighting during the war and 1500 were wounded. About 120 veterans still survive.

The film will be projected on to the northern facade of the museum from 7pm.