2RAR were thought of as a dull battalion, without imagination, and since lacking in original thought were likely to follow the textbook slavishly. Here's an example of that 'textbook' mentality.
Triumph or recovery from tragedy can both make a hero, but Opotiki identity Ruka Hudson qualifies on both counts.
Early on in my tour, we had quite a large platoon ambush in which we killed a number of enemy – my role was to clear the kill area and search the bodies.
I have had a real problem for years in the naming of the first New Zealand rifle companies sent to Vietnam. These companies were originally known as Victor Company and Whiskey Company. They were never at any stage given a number by which to identify them.