Author(s): Mike Whatman
"Khaki All Blacks" is a detailed account of of the 1945-46 Kiwis' tour at the end of the Second World War. The tour was the brainchild of Major-General Bernard Freyberg, when the New Zealand Expeditionary Force was stationed in Cairo in 1940, and subsequently came under the able direction of the 'Colonel' - Colonel Allan Andrews. At the end of hostilities the Kiwis undertook an arduous tour of England, Scotland and Wales, then on to France and Germany before returning home to another five games against New Zealand provincial sides before they were finally reunited with their families. In total they won 32 of the 38 games they played. The style of rugby was fast, open and highly entertaining and, in the immediate post-war era when people were starved of entertainment of any kind, was received with enthusiasm and accolades wherever they played. Once back in New Zealand, many of the team went on to become All Blacks, coaches and selectors, including great names such as Bob Scott, Fred Allen and Charlie Saxton. The book includes forewords by Bob Scott and Major General Gerry Matapare, Chielf of Army General Staff, as well as comprehensive tour statistics and details on each of the players' rugby careers. Mike Whatman has written on sport for the Christchurch star and also had a long association with the Petone Rugby Club.