In 1939 more than 140,000 New Zealanders enlisted to fight overseas during World War II. Of these, 104,000 served in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Initially thrown into the doomed campaign to halt the German blitzkrieg on Greece and Crete (1941), the division was rebuilt under the leadership of 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. Meanwhile, a smaller NZ force 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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About the Author
MIKE CHAPPELL enlisted as a teenage private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1952, and retired in 1974 as RSM of the 1st Battalion The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers), after seeing service in Malaya, Cyprus, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Ulster and home garrisons. He began painting military subjects in 1968, and has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator. Mike's two sons have both followed military careers, and he and his wife currently live in France. Since 1978, Mike has written 20 Osprey titles, and this is the 103rd title – in the Men-at-Arms, Elite, Vanguard, Warrior, Aircraft of the Aces, and Combat Aircraft series – for which he has painted the colour plates, in whole or in part.