Sixty-five years on, interest in World War II and its
impact continues. Many stories of New Zealand soldiers have already
been told, but many are still emerging.
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.
• paperback • 287 pages• 101 illustrations •
a comprehensive, compelling account of personal endurance."
(David Hill in the Weekend Herald.)
In the Western Desert
In Weinsberg prisoner of war camp
(Germany). Bruce Robertson performed in many camp entertainments,
ranging from cabaret through to a full-scale Mikado, costumes
Weinsberg camp was close to
Heilbronn, which was bombed to smithereens in the latter stages of
the war. Bruce Robertson wrote vividly and nervously about air raids
going on all around the camp.