In petticoats and bonnets, Bill Bain and Tom Martin of the Kiwi Concert Party kick up their heels for New Zealand troops in the Volturno Valley, Italy, in 1944. This renowned unit was formed by General Bernard Freyberg to take music and comedy revue performances to the New Zealand division in the field. For four years the concert party followed the path of hostilities through the Middle East and Italy. Its members were fully infantry-trained and armed – and sometimes, as in the German invasion of Crete, found themselves under fire. They sang and danced to a high standard, often wearing women's costumes since no women were allowed in combat zones. Their cross-dressing did not suggest an unconventional sexuality or gender identity.
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