Story: Rural mythologies

Country lads

In 1941 the National Film Unit made a film of the departure of New Zealand soldiers to fight in the Second World War. Adolf Hitler had called the Kiwi soldiers ‘poor deluded country lads’; but the film made a virtue of this description. This extract expressed a pride that country lads had helped make the nation and were now fighting for it. Subsequently, the success of New Zealand soldiers was often explained in terms of their alleged rural upbringing.

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Reference: Country lads. National Film Unit, 1941.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - The cult of the pioneer', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/20319/country-lads (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008