World War II


* New Zealand Official War Histories


* 28th Māori Battalion
The 28th Māori Battalion website is a place to record, remember, honour and maintain information and knowledge of the Māori Battalion and its outstanding contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand.
A guide to Anzac Day for New Zealanders
* The Battle for Crete: 60th Anniversary
Sunday 20 May 2001 marked the 60th anniversary of the start of the Battle for Crete. This exhibition features an overview essay, oral histories, written recollections, historical sound files, a photographic tour of 54 historical images, maps, casualty statistics, NZ units, photographs from the 60th anniversary celebrations in Crete and a day-by-day breakdown of events. From
* Cenotaph Database
A database of over 33,000 New Zealanders who served in war and conflict from the South African War to the present day, and who are now deceased. It is primarily a roll of honour of those who died as a result of war service, but also includes some personnel who have died since.
* D-Day
In June 1944 thousands of Kiwis were based in the United Kingdom, serving in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. Many of these men were part of the events of June 6. This exhibition includes background to D-Day and the memories of three New Zealanders who were in the firing line - two at sea, and the one in the air. From From
* Fighting for equality: The Maori War Effort Organisation 1942-1945
The Maori War Effort Organisation was formed during the Second World War to assist with recruitment for the forces and war-related service.
* Godley Head Heritage Trust
Group dedicated to the preservation, restoration and documentation of Godley Head. Includes detailed history of coastal defence sites.
* Italian Campaign
This exhibition tells the stories of New Zealanders who fought in Italy through an overview of the main events, an interactive campaign map and through the memories of those who were there. From
* Maps and Diagrams from the Official History of NZ in WW2
Maps, diagrams and photographs can be browsed or use dedicated search engine.
Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
* The Merchant Navy
During the Second World War the Merchant Navy sailed the ships that delivered troops, military equipment and vital cargoes of food, fuel and raw materials across the world's oceans.
* New Zealand and the Second World War - an overview
General introduction to the origins of the Second World War and New Zealand's participation in it.
* New Zealand Defence Force - Medals
Features the more common medals which have been awarded to New Zealand military personnel since the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s and 1860s. It does not cover medals which have been awarded to New Zealanders in small numbers or in unique military circumstances. Because the military history of New Zealand is linked with Britain, British medals awarded to New Zealanders have been included.
* New Zealand Defence Force - Personnel Records
Provides information on who is entitled to apply for details from the records of ex-Service personnel (including medals), how to apply and lists the contact details for Personnel Archives.
* New Zealand in the Second World War
A collection of features from
* New Zealand Prisoners of War
This exhibition includes photographs, sound files, maps and a hand-written and illustrated POW newspaper, the 'Tiki Times'. It is based on a new book, 'Inside Stories: New Zealand Prisoners of War Remember' edited by Megan Hutching. From
* New Zealanders in World War II
A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War II.
* Nga Toa
Nga Toa features a collection of oral history and personal accounts from WW2 veterans of New Zealand's armed forces. Includes personal stories from major theaters such as Greece, Crete, North Africa, Italy and the Pacific.
* North Africa Campaign
Explores the role of New Zealanders in the Second World War's North African Campaign with particular emphasis on the times those who served were not in action. It includes an overview of the campaign, a timeline and interviews with some of those who were there. From
* The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939-45
A series of histories prepared under the supervision of the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.
Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre as part of the Official War History project.
* The US Invasion - US Forces in New Zealand
This exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the 'American invasion' when from 1942-44 an estimated 100,000 United States troops were stationed in New Zealand and changed the way we saw the world. From
* VE and VJ Days
After over five years of rationing and anxiety about loved ones overseas, New Zealanders greeted the coming of peace in Europe in May 1945, and then victory over Japan in August, with understandable relief and enthusiasm.
* War Reference Guide - Archives New Zealand
A Reference Guide to commonly used records regarding the armed forces held at Archives New Zealand.
* World War II Historical Re-enactment Society (N.Z.)
The World War II Historical Re-enactment Society has been in existence for 8 years The New Zealand section represents the 21st Battalion of the 5th brigade during the Italian campaign. The NZ section is regularly involved with ANZAC day parades displays and mock battles, using original and reproduction equipment. The unit takes great pride in its authentic drill and turnout. It also has great respect for the veterans of the New Zealand army and maintains strong ties with the RSA and the 21st Battalion association.