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the war that never ended: new zealand veterans remember korea

The War That Never Ended

In The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea, Pip recorded the memories of 12 Kiwi veterans of the Korean War 1950-1957. The book was commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and published by Penguin in 2013.

The accounts are based on oral history interviews with gunners, signallers, seamen, a mechanic, dispatch rider, dentist, engineer and official photographer – straight-talking Māori and Pakeha men sharing significant and irreverent war-time stories from their years of service. The men’s personal narratives breathe life into this important historical event in which 6000 New Zealanders took part, and will give future generations a greater understanding of a largely forgotten war.

The War That Never Ended includes an overview of the Korean War by New Zealand military historian Ian McGibbon. It was launched at Parliament in March 2013.

See our gallery for photos of the book launch at Parliament.

Listen to:

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of all our veterans and your kind words at the launch of your most excellent book.
– Des Vinten, Korean War veteran

If there’s a human side to war, she’s managed to capture this…It’s a very good contribution and a very interesting read.
Harry Broad, journalist

The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea is available at local libraries.