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Medical Units of 2 NZEF in Middle East and Italy

Spell at Arce

Spell at Arce

For the first time since they began fighting in Italy, all units of 2 NZ Division were able to enjoy a complete rest while they remained assembled in the vicinity of Arce, far from the sound of gunfire and amid the quiet, peaceful beauty of the lower Liri Valley. Much valuable training was done, and refitting and maintenance of vehicles undertaken in preparation for the Division's return into action. Advantage was also taken of the opportunity to check and overhaul equipment and make good any deficiencies.

For all units there were gymkhanas and sporting activities of page 365 every kind. There was a Medical Corps sports meeting, and unit picnics were held at Lake Albano.

The setting of the blazing sun did not spell boredom by any means, for regular entertainment was provided by the Kiwi Concert Party and similar British stage shows, while almost every evening mobile cinemas of NZ YMCA operated in the open air. Audiences could sometimes be critical, but always for the Kiwi Concert Party there would be general favourable comment as the men made their way in groups to their bivouac areas after the performances.