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The songs we sang – songs from the Second World War

New Zealand servicemen and -women sang a wide range of often very irreverent songs during their war service. In 1959 Les Cleveland compiled some of the songs from the Second World War in his book  The songs we sang, and released a selection on an album of the same name. Cleveland sang on the record accompanied by a musical group, the D-Day Dodgers. Listen to them performing 'The fighting Kiwi'.

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Folk music collection and revival, 1920s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/42434/the-songs-we-sang-songs-from-the-second-world-war (accessed 29 May 2017)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014