This newsreel captures the elation and excitement of the final days of WWII in northern Italy. In the early spring of 1945, the Second New Zealand Division raced their way to the key port city of Trieste to help expel German troops. This Kiwi government film documents the 21st Battalion taking charge of 6000 German prisoners of war, while other Kiwi soldiers take part in a 'liberation parade' through the village of Monfalcone. In Trieste, General Bernard Freyberg and his division find a charged post-war atmosphere as partisan Yugoslav and Italian forces jostle each other for territory.
With Prussian gestures, he points out where food may be found to feed the 6000 new prisoners of war whom our boys have captured...– The narrator describes a German commander's interaction with the NZ Division, after surrendering to Allied forces