For the Duration
Roland Bruce Robertson left Wellington in January 1940 for
the Middle East, with the first echelon of volunteers. He
served in Egypt, Libya and Syria and after a night of hell on
the Alamein Line in July 1942, he became a prisoner of war.
He endured prison camps in Italy and Germany before being
liberated by the Americans in April 1945. For the Duration is
largely transcribed from Bruce’s comprehensive journals
and diaries. It paints a vivid picture of one man’s
war: a fascination with Middle Eastern culture, the
blistering Western Desert, furious battle and the shattering
blow of capture. And how using a talent helped him make the
best of it as the Allies advanced into Germany and the war
drew to a dramatic climax. One of our more detailed and
perceptive personal accounts of Kiwi war service, from both
active service and POW points of view.
For the Duration: 2NZEF Officer Bruce Robertson on Active
Duty and 'in the Bag'. Edited by Rosanne Robertson.
Wellington (Ngaio Press) 2010
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