By Wayne Stack, Barry O'Sullivan
In 1939 greater than 140,000 New Zealanders enlisted to struggle in a foreign country in the course of global battle II. of those, 104,000 served within the moment New Zealand Expeditionary strength. first and foremost thrown into the doomed crusade to halt the German blitzkrieg on Greece and Crete (1941), the department used to be rebuilt below the management of MajGen Sir Bernard Freyberg, and have become the elite corps inside of Montgomery's 8th military within the barren region. After enjoying an essential function within the victory at El Alamein (1942) the 'Kiwis' have been the leading edge of the pursuit to Tunisia. In 1943–45 the department was once seriously engaged within the Italian mountains, specially at Cassino (1944); it ended the battle in Trieste. in the meantime, a smaller NZ strength supported US forces opposed to the japanese within the Solomons and New Guinea (1942–44). absolutely illustrated with in particular commissioned color plates, this is often the tale of the second one New Zealand Expeditionary Force's important contribution to Allied victory in international struggle II.
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