The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II [NOOK Book]

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In 1939, New Zealand was far less well prepared for war than it had been in 1914. Nevertheless, more than 140,000 New Zealanders - nearly 9 per cent of the dominion's total population - enlisted to fight overseas 'for King and Country' during World War II. Of these, 104,000 served in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, whose major component became 2nd NZ Infantry Division; by 1944 this was the largest division in the British and Commonwealth armies, with a strength of about 40,000 men in infantry and ...
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The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II

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Overview

In 1939, New Zealand was far less well prepared for war than it had been in 1914. Nevertheless, more than 140,000 New Zealanders - nearly 9 per cent of the dominion's total population - enlisted to fight overseas 'for King and Country' during World War II. Of these, 104,000 served in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, whose major component became 2nd NZ Infantry Division; by 1944 this was the largest division in the British and Commonwealth armies, with a strength of about 40,000 men in infantry and supporting artillery, armoured, engineer and service units.

Initially thrown into the doomed campaign to halt the German blitzkrieg on Greece and Crete (1941), the division was rebuilt under the leadership of a World War I VC-winner, MajGen Sir Bernard Freyberg, and became the elite corps within Montgomery's Eighth Army in the desert. After playing a vital role in the victory at El Alamein (1942) the 'Kiwis' were the vanguard of the pursuit to Tunisia. In 1943-45 the division was heavily engaged in the Italian mountains, especially at Cassino (1944); it ended the war in Trieste, facing down Tito's advancing communist partisans. Meanwhile, a smaller NZ force - briefly designated 3rd NZ Division - supported US forces against the Japanese in the Solomons and New Guinea (1942-44).

Fully illustrated with specially commissioned colour plates, this is the story of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force's vital contribution to Allied victory in World War II.
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"This 48-page paperback documents how New Zealand contributed one of the Allies’ most mobile and reliable army divisions to achieving victory. The Kiwis’ stirring story is vividly illustrated with photos and striking color plates by Mike Chappell."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (August 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780961132
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Series: Men-at-Arms
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 919,499
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Wayne Stack was a frontline member of the New Zealand Police for 18 years before deciding on a career change to follow his lifelong passion for military history. He has recently gained a BA (Honours) and MA with Distinction in History from the University of Canterbury and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on the New Zealand Army officer corps of 1909-45. He lives with his wife and two young children in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Barry O'Sullivan is a uniform and insignia collector whose particular field of interest is the New Zealand armed forces.
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