Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 25, 2020 18:55:52 GMT 12
Interestingly after the article I posted on the previous page about the New Zealand Forestry Unit arriving back in New Zealand, it seems some of them served in Tunisia and then Italy! Here's an article:
FORESTRY UNITS IN ITALY
BIG OUTPUT OF TIMBER
(2nd N.Z.E.F. Official News Service) ITALY. June 23.
Working in the rich timber country in the toe of south Italy, members of the New Zealand Forestry Unit are extracting timber from an area greater than a large province of their own country.
They are making good progress with the production schedule, which aims at exceeding half the total amount of timber milled in New Zealand in one year. The men on the job are all from companies which gained a high reputation during their three years’ hard work in England. They operate one mill and supervise the work of 30 Italian lumber camps. All the timber milled is taken 50 miles by road to a port near the Gulf of Taranto. The New Zealanders, on their way from England, spent a period in Tunisia, where they milled 75,000 super feet of maritime pine and oak in country where conditions were very difficult.
After the invasion of Italy, one unit started operations in central Italy behind the 8th Army, while the other started operating in the south. Corsican pine is the main timber handled. It is of fine quality, and is much used for bridging, sleepers, dockyards, and truck bodies. All the timber used is paid for at a fair price.