Audio and Video Heritage

This section of the website contains audio and video heritage material housed in the ECMC Library. The information being provided is for public access and consumption/use and in MP3 format. The video content is a link to Youtube.

Rather than duplicate the heritage and history records and material from other national engineer organisations, such as the RAE, RCE, RE, USACE, etc, go to our LINKS page, access these organisations and scan/see what they have to offer. We only want to make digital copies of our ECMC library and museum holdings, materials and resources, available on our website.


We’re regularly adding to this collection. Come back soon and see what’s new.

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Atiu Harbour Project

This video was compiled from a Super 8 movie production by Corporal Ken Newton, RNZE (now Whanganui), during his time on Atiu Island from late 1973 to early 1974.


The Canadian Land Forces

Canadian Defence Forces, including the function and role of the Canadian Land Forces, a Canadian Division (organisation and functions) and the role and functions of the Canadian Engineer Group (in three parts), circa 1989.

Canadian Division HQ in Operations

Division Engineer Group, Part 1 – Organisation

Division Engineer Group, Part 2 – Defensive Operations

The Division Engineer Group, Part 3 – Offensive Operations



The Desert War in North Africa

Two New Zealand veteran soldiers, John Johnston aged 95 and Norman Leaf aged 94 years, share dramatic personal stories of their World War 2 army service in the North African deserts of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.


East Timor

An “amateur video” produced under the guidance of WO1 Shane Vooght, RNZE, about engineer and other tasks and in the engineer camp, commencing early December 2009, in Timor L’este.



The life and achievements of LTGEN Lord Fryberg, VC and his role as the Commander of the 2nd NZ Division (2nd NZ Expeditionary Force) throughout the Second World War, narrated by LTGEN Sir Leonard Thornton, ex-Chief of the NZ Defence Force (a TV One documentary circa 1987). Includes Parts 1, 2 and 3  – Early Days; WWI; between wars; Greece, Crete and North African Campaign.


RNZE Corps Centenary

This “amateur video tape” was compiled over the period of 12 to 16 October 2002, to cover the various activities and events for the celebration of the RNZE Corps Centenary, in both Linton Camp and Palmerston North.




Manawatu People’s Radio

“Manawatu Conversations” Interview with Joe Hollander, PNDHAG, Part One Tuesday 12 May 2020

“Manawatu Conversations” Interview with Joe Hollander, PNDHAG, Part Two Tuesday 19 May 2020


Monthly Midday Military History Presentation Series Presentation Audio


24 Nov (MMMHP) – “Hunting the Bombers – the Luftwaffe Night Fighter Campaign”, by PO(EWO) (Rtd) Dennis O’Rourke, MNZN, RNZN

11 Nov (EPLP) “A Tale of Two Myths, 1914-15”, by Dr Ian McGibbon, ONZM, Former General Editor (War History) at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Download Debunking Freyberg Mexico Myth PDF Paper: Did Colonel Malone Refuse an Order to Attack During New Zealand’s Assault on Chunuk Bair on 7 August 1915

10 Nov Scholar, Scientist and Soldier: The interconnected life experiences of Sir Geoffrey Peren, KBE

13 Oct (MMMHP) – NZ Wars month – “The Musket Wars from the early 1800’s”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

08 Sept – “Titokowaru’s War – South Taranaki,1868-69”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

30 Aug – “The Greek Campaign in WW2”, by LTCOL Dr Peter Wood, ONZM, Director of the NZ Wars Study Centre, NZDC

11 Aug (Thu – MMMHP) – “A True Sea Dog”, by Wing Commander Peter Hurly, DSD, RNZAF, SMO, RNZAF Base Ohakea and President, PNRSA

14 July (MMMHP) – “Operation FARAD – Multinational Force Observers (MFO), Sinai” (40th anniversary of establishment/NZ involvement), by MAJ Mike Pettersen, MNZM, RNZE

21 June (EPLP) – “First Battle of Alamein, including Alam Halfa and Ruweisat Ridge” (80th anniversary, 1942), by LTCOL (Rtd) Prof Glyn Harper, QSM, Massey University

9 June (MMMHP) – “Soldiers Without Guns – (Operation BIG TALK) – Part 2 – The continuing Bougainville and PNG peace talks”, by RADM (Rtd) David Ledson, RNZN

Download Presentation Text

12 May (MMMHP) – “Life as a Beefeater in the Tower of London” by WO1 (Rtd) Partrick Nolan, RNZEME (now RNZALR)

27 Apr (EPLP) – WW1 topic presentation by Assoc Prof Maartje Abbenhuis, Auckland University

23 Apr (EPLP) Launch of the book “New Zealand’s Great Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Messines 1917 -Jeff McNeill”

14 Apr (MMMHP) – “The First Battle of the Somme in 1916” by LTCOL (Rtd) Prof Glyn Harper, QSM, Professor of War Studies at Massey University

10 Mar (MMMHP) NZ Army Staff College and Linton Military Camp- 1942 “80th Anniversaries” – LTCOL Peter Wood

10 Feb (MMMHP) – “The Singapore Strategy – Part 2” (80th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, in February 1942), by CDR (Rtd) Richard Jackson, RNZN


View 2021 MMMHP Archive here


View 2020 MMMHP Archive here



The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers



PDF of Tape Cover: BandoftheRoyalEngineers (Includes track titles and other information.)











Side One: mp3

Side Two: mp3


Chimo! The music and oral traditions of the Canadian Military Engineers



PDF of CD cover: Chimo! (Includes track titles, and other information.)








01 CME Branch Call (Musique Centrale Des Fc-Cf Central Band)

02 Wings (Musique Centrale Des Fc-Cf Central Band)

03 Reveille

04 Salute To The Engineers

05 Half Hour To Parade

06 Hurrah For The CRE

07 Sapper Patrol (RCE Band)

08 Quarter Call

09 The Sapper

10 When The Saints Go Marching In

11 Sappers – The Perfect Corps

12 Fall In

13 Ode To The Engineer

14 The Canadian Engineers

15 Men’s Meal Call

16 Gridiron Glory

17 1942

18 Defaulters

19 Sinai Lament

20 Live, Move And Work

21 Why Engineers Do Not Carry Colours

22 Jump Sappers

23 First Post

24 Air Sappers

25 Tripwires

26 Last Post

27 Old King Cole

28 The Engineer Song

29 Lights Out

30 La Priére Du Génie – The Engineer Prayer

31 Retreat

32 Wings (RCE Band)