Four WWII generals recommended Haane Manahi for a Victoria Cross for his bravery in Tunisia in 1943, but the medal was not awarded. In a new book historian Paul Moon investigates the contentious decision to downgrade Manahi's act of heroism.
On May 19, 1943, Haane Manahi ignored orders and, with just five men under his command, attacked hundreds of German and Italian troops defending the strategic 200m-high Takrouna Pinnacle, in northern Tunisia. His action was one of the bravest and, now, most controversial actions involving New Zealand troops in World War II.
Manahi was put forward for a Victoria Cross for his part in the capture of the rocky hill with a small town perched on top of it. But despite the recommendation being signed by four generals - including General Bernard Montgomery, the British 8th Army commander in ...
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