George Mackay from Westport fought at Tripoli and in The Desert Rd recounts the thoughts that go through one’s mind leading up to battle. “You don’t know what to expect.. . It’s an uncanny moment, zero hour. Everything’s going through your mind, whether you’ll survive, whether you’re going to get killed, blown up or shot at, or anything like that. What’s going to happen? What’s it going to be like? You don’t know. All those things are going through your mind and then finally its zero hour and the shelling starts. Then you’re waiting for the Germans to retaliate with their shells. That’s what it’s all about. You don’t know what’s going to happen and then it all does happen” ('The Desert Road' edited by Megan Hutching, p.251).
|Ref: AWNS-19430901-21-2, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19430901-21-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
By Joanne Graves, Auckland Research Centre