This is the record of a good job done by Petrol Company ‘cobbers’. All have contributed, by their deeds if not their words, and I am proud to have had the writing of the story. To those who have helped me (if only by supplying some quite unprintable anecdote) go my sincere thanks.
Since snares in the path of the amateur historian are many and horrific, a special hand must go to the staff of the War History Branch of the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs for their patient surveillance and unremitting aid. Their knowledge of our Division, down to its last minutia, is truly encyclopaedic, and has had to be relied on, all along the way, to keep me on the rails and back in my box.
I hope the record makes fair reading.page viii