World War II New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit Recordings
Registration number: 40
Year of registration: 2019
Location: Nga Tāonga Sound and Vision
Image: Flight Sergeant A T Condon records message to be broadcast in New Zealand from the Italian Front, World War II - Photograph taken by George Bull; hear his recording here.
Further information: Nga Tāonga Sound and Vision
The nearly 1,600 World War II New Zealand Mobile Broadcasting Unit recordings bring to life key moments in our country’s history and the voices of our people at war are a taonga for generations of New Zealanders to treasure, an invaluable record of the voices of New Zealanders at war.
Recorded in the conflict zones of North Africa, the Middle East, Italy and the Pacific between 1941 and 1945, these fragile acetate recordings were made for broadcast on radio in New Zealand.
The collection contains a wide variety of material: action reports on military engagements; ‘talks’ by and interviews with, service personnel on their role in the war or actions they have been involved in; coverage of non-conflict events such as concerts, sports matches and other social occasions, and hundreds of simple ‘messages home’ recorded by servicemen and women who were selected by ballot to record greetings to loved ones.