NGARIMU TE TOHU TOA

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This graphic novel is the story of how Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu of 28 Māori Battalion won the VC during World War Two.

On 26 March 1943, two weeks before his 24th birthday, Ngarimu led an attack on Point 209, a vital hill at Tebaga Gap in Tunisia. Under intense mortar and machine gun-fire, he led the assault up the hill, personally destroying two German machine-gun posts on a crest of the hill.  Despite being wounded twice during the night, he and his men defended their position from several counter-attacks.  The following morning during a particularly strong counter-attack, Ngarimu was killed.  Later the same day, the Germans still on Point 209 surrendered.

An English language version is also available, Victory at Point 209

40 page softcover HUIA PUBLISHING

Author Huia Publishers, Kawata Teepa

Illustrated by Andrew Burdan