Honor to the fallen — and damn glad they’re on our side


The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment lost three men in Afghanistan recently: Corporal Luke Tamata, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21.

Here’s a video of their battalions performing a Maori Haka war dance in their honor.

Count me in the front rank of those who’re damn glad we’ve been on the same side as the ANZACs in every fight since the Great War.

Also makes me think of my recently fallen friend, Athol Whimp, who I’m pretty sure served in the RNZIR on his way through to the New Zealand SAS.

*** Just heard from Athol’s great friend and climbing partner Andrew Lindblade that Athol did indeed serve in the RNZIR, in 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment.

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