Jess, I think you will find thats what the German propaganda said about the Maori Battalion, not the actual truth. Speak for your self Waikato boy- we Arawa boys will eat anyone alive! especially if they're keeping us from the toheroas eh! For all the rest of you - just kidding- but the secret of the Maori btns success was that virtually our whole race was concentrated into a single battalion full of relatives and pre existing good mates so the spirit of camaraderie and cooperation allready existed. It helped by being predisposed to being a martial race too. If anyone wants to know about Maoris at war there are 2 very insightful books - James Bellich's 'New Zealand Wars' and Wira Gardners 'Maori Battalion'. And by the way George Patton also rated the Kiwis as the best British unit however it is my personal opinion that any poor bugger who sticks his head above the parapit is the bravest there is - not sure if I could do it.