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Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939 – 45 The Pacific by Oliver A Gillespie, Published by War History Branch Department of Internal Affairs, 1952, 1st Edition, Hardcover, Pgs395, b&w photos, maps, appendices, bibliography, index

Condition: Dust jacket (now in archival cover) is fairly complete, some creasing, edge wear chipping and smaller closed tears carefully repaired (see photo). Light rubbing top and tail of spine, good overall. Some faint discolouration of early pages and page edges in places. Clean and tidy throughout. No markings or inscriptions within.


Records New Zealand’s part and contribution by her Armed Forces in the Pacific campaign. New Zealand’s presence in Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomons was significant. Also information and accounts of events from Japanese sources has accessed as part of the research for this volume. Chapters include: Japan – Rise and Conquest, The Fiji Garrison – New Zealand’s Responsibility, The First Force and its Work, From Pearl Harbour to Relief, Problems of Command and Employment – America Plans the Offensive, New Zealand Emerges in the Pacific Plan, Back to the Pacific – The Third Division Emerges, Move to New Caledonia, Life Among the Niaoulis, Negotiations – Political and Service, Training for Combat, Three Island Actions – Vella Lavella, The Treasuries, The Waiting Period, The Capture of Green Islands, The End of a Division, The Battle for the Solomons – Japanese Plans Defeated, The Turning Point, Crucial Action, The Japanese Move Back The Coastwatchers, Navy and Air Force – The Navy in the Solomons, The Air Force Story, Fiji Units in Action – Training a Brigade Group, Guerrillas in the Jungle, Battallions Move to the Solomons, The Smaller Garrisons – Fanning Island, Tonga, Norfolk Island, Occupation in Japan, Reflections. Please click here to ask a question
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