Telling their stories
Veterans are a tough interview. Their experiences are kept between themselves, they rarely tell others. With patience, from a cold start they warm up and tell their stories. After all they were there. Jared Morgan reports.
There's a sense of brotherhood among Southern veterans of Malaya and Borneo.
That kinship, forged in the jungle, is not without sibling rivalry.
The Malayan Emergency was long, compounded by the Indonesian Confrontation, the New Zealand experience spans almost 20 years, but concentrated between 1957 and 1966.
Those that went first are irked by later troops who call themselves "The Originals''.
The Battalion that arrived in 1963 was given the label simply because it was the first to have the word "Royal'' added.
And between the 1st, 2nd and 1st Royal battalions disagreements exist over who saw the most action. Put the disagreements aside and you get the southern story.
Here the veterans are candid, speaking openly about action on, and off, the frontlines.
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