Hi to World War II Folks. Thank you for your wonderful invitation to enter into a past that without research remains in doubt,with enormous implications for future politics of war. For me, personally, I am researching my late Father's military history, as a way of exhuming and separating out bias from Truth. I would like to follow in other World War II researchers and trace the movements of my late Dad, from Gisborne, 1941, when he lied on his application form to go To War...being charged and fined 10 pounds for drunk and disorderly behaviour in Wellington before embarking on either The Mauritania or The Nieuw Amsterdam...to engraving his name on a big rock in query North Africa, that made it Television in 1961 (ANZAC DAY), to surviving three years incarceration in Stalag XVIIIC, still with a post-humourus reputation of sitting the war out drunk...to lying on the sitting room floor in Napier, laughing at Hogan's Heroes, as he said that that was the only time he could laugh at the Germans...to spending his years working on The Railways, paying the rent, eight kids, and spending every Saturday in The RSA. Dad died a broken man, and whether that was becuase of The War, or The War just contributed to it, is the reason for my research. And so far despite the above record, Dad was an enormous influence on how to be in the world. He shaped mty thinking as a Catholic. He shaped my thinking and those of his kids, to nursing/navy/army/marriage and kids and making a garden. And he shaped my thinking into what was important in his letter that he wrote to a Brigadier when Dad was fighting in North Africa, and received a cable that hsi first wife had died of TB and his fourth child of colitis, leaving his three kids orphans. He wrote asking for compassionate leave as he was worried about his kids. The letter I read in his handwriting decades later (Dad died when I was 17), tore me in two. And from that point I have made a concerted effort to vindicate this man, whom I hardly knew in Truth, but only in hearsay. Thank you to fellow talkers on talk about talk about World War II from New Zealand. Ms Kareen Squires R.N.B.A.Theol. NDA Fremantle Perth Western Australia.