NZDF

Second World War:

  1. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45:
    1. Official WW2 Campaign and Service Histories
    2. Official WW2 Unit Histories
    3. Official WW2 “Episodes and Studies”
    4. Semi-official WW2 Histories of the Third Division, 2nd NZEF IP
  2. Other WW2 Histories:
    1. Other WW2 General and Campaign Histories
    2. Other WW2 Unit Histories

1. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45:

a. Official WW2 Campaign and Service Histories:
  • Documents relating to New Zealand's participation in the Second World War 1939-45. Vol. I (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Documents relating to New Zealand's participation in the Second World War 1939-45. Vol. II (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1951)
  • Documents relating to New Zealand's participation in the Second World War 1939-45. Vol. III (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1963)
  • Anson, T. V., The New Zealand dental services (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1960)
  • Davin, D. M., Crete (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1953)
  • Gillespie, O. A., The Pacific (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1952)
  • Henderson, J., R M T: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1954)
  • Mason, W. Wynne, Prisoners of war (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1954)
  • McClymont, W. G., To Greece (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1959)
    Murphy, W. E., The relief of Tobruk (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1961)
  • Phillips, N. C., Italy. Vol. I., The Sangro to Cassino (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1957)
  • Kay, R., Italy. Vol. II, From Cassino to Trieste (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1967)
  • Ross, J. M. S., Royal New Zealand Air Force (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1955)
  • Scoullar, J. L., Battle for Egypt: the summer of 1942 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1955)
  • Stevens, W. G., Bardia to Enfidaville (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1962)
  • Stevens, W. G., Problems of 2 NZEF (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1958)
  • Stout, T. Duncan M., Medical services in New Zealand and the Pacific: in Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force and with prisoners of war (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1958)
  • Stout, T. Duncan M., New Zealand medical services in the Middle East and Italy (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1956)
  • Taylor, N., The home front: the New Zealand people at war, 2 Vols. (Wellington: Historical Publications Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1986)
  • Thompson, H. L., New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force. Vol. I., European theatre September 1939 - December 1942 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1953)
  • Thompson, H. L., New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force. Vol. II, European theatre January 1943 - May 1945 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1956)
  • Thompson, H. L., New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force. Vol. III., Mediterranean and Middle East, South-East Asia (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1959)
  • Walker, R., Alam Halfa and Alamein (Wellington: Historical Publications Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1967)
  • Waters, S. D., The Royal New Zealand Navy (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1956)
b. Official WW2 Unit Histories:
  • Bates, P. W., Supply Company (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1955)
  • Borman, C. A., Divisional Signals (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1954)
  • Dawson, W. D., 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1961)
  • Burdon, R. M., 24 Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1953)
  • Cody, J. F., 21 Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1953)
  • Cody, J. F., 28 (Maori) Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1956)
  • Cody, J. F., New Zealand Engineers, Middle East (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1961)
  • Henderson, J., 22 Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1958)
  • Kay, R., 27 (machine gun) Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1958)
  • Kidson, A. L., Petrol company (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1961)
  • Llewellyn, S. P., Journey towards Christmas: official history of the 1st Ammunition Company, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1939-45 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Loughnan, R. J. M., Divisional Cavalry (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1963)
  • McKinney, J. B., Medical units of 2 NZEF in Middle East and Italy (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1952)
  • Murphy, W. E., 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1966)
  • Norton, F. D., 26 Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1952)
  • Pringle, D. J. C., and Glue, W. A., 20 Battalion and armoured regiment (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1957)
  • Puttick, E., 25 Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1960)
  • Ross, A., 23 Battalion (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1959)
  • Sinclair, D. W., 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1954)
  • Underhill, M. L., New Zealand chaplains in the Second World War (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1950)
c. Official WW2 “Episodes and Studies”:
  • Clare, B. G., Early operations with Bomber Command (Wellington: Dept of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, 1950)
  • Dean, H. R., The Royal New Zealand Air Force in South-East Asia 1941-42 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1952)
  • Faircloth, N. W., New Zealanders in the Battle of Britain (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1950)
  • Hall, D. O. W., Coastwatchers (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1945)
  • Hall, D. O. W., Escapes (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1954)
  • Hall, D. O. W., Prisoners of Germany (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Hall, D. O. W., Prisoners of Italy (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Hall, D. O. W., Prisoners of Japan (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Hall, D. O. W., Women at war (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1948)
  • Kay, R., Long Range Desert Group in Libya, 1940-41 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Kay, R., Long Range Desert Group in the Mediterranean (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1950)
  • Llewellyn, S. P., Troopships (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • McGlynn, M. B., Special service in Greece (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1953)
  • McKinney, J. B., Wounded in battle (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1950)
  • Murphy, W. E., Point 175: the battle of Sunday of the dead (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1954)
  • Ross, J. M. S., The assault on Rabaul ; operations by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, December 1943 - May 1944 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Smith, E. H., Guns against tanks: L Troop, 33rd Battery, 7th New Zealand Anti-Tank Regiment in Libya, 23 November 1941 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1948)
  • Thomson, H. L., Aircraft against U-Boat: episodes from the work of the New Zealand airmen in the Battle of the Atlantic, November 1942 - November 1943 (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1950)
  • Wards, I. McLean, The other side of the hill (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1952)
  • Wards, I. McLean, Takrouna (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1951)
  • Waters, S. D., German raiders in the Pacific (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1949)
  • Waters, S. D., Achilles at the River Plate (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1948)
  • Waters, S. D., Leander (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1950)
  • Whelan, J. A., Malta airmen (Wellington: War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1951)
d. Semi-official WW2
Histories of the Third Division, 2nd NZEF IP:
  • Base wallahs: story of the units of the base organisation, NZEF IP (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1946)
  • Headquarters: a brief outline of the activities of Headquarters of the Third Division and the 8th and 14th Brigades during their service in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1947)
  • Pacific kiwis ; being the story of the service in the Pacific of the 30th Battalion, Third Division, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1947)
  • Pacific pioneers: the story of the engineers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1945)
  • Pacific saga: the personal chronicle of the 37th Battalion and its part in the Third Division's campaign (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division History Committee, 1947)
  • Pacific service: the story of the New Zealand Army Service units with the Third Division in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1948)
  • Shovel, sword and scalpel: a record of the service of the medical units of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1945)
  • Stepping stones to the Solomons: the unofficial history of the 29th Battalion with the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1947)
  • Story of the 34th: the unofficial history of a New Zealand infantry battalion in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1947)
  • The 35th Battalion: a record of services of the 35th Battalion with the Third Division in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1947)
  • The 36th Battalion: a record of the service of the 36th Battalion with the Third Division in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1948)
  • The gunners: an intimate record of units of the 3d New Zealand Divisional Artillery in the Pacific from 1940 until 1945 (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1948)
  • The tanks: an unofficial history of the activities of the Third New Zealand Division Tank Squadron in the Pacific (Wellington: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee, 1948)
  • Larson, C. R., Pacific commandos: New Zealanders and Fijians in action: a history of Southern Independent Commando and First Commando Fiji Guerrillas (Wellington: Reed, 1946)

2. Other WW2 Histories:

a. Other WW2 General and Campaign Histories:
  • Barber, L., War memorial: a chronology of New Zealand and World War II (Auckland: Heinemann Reed, 1989)
  • Cameron, C., Breakout: Minqar Qaim, North Africa, 1942 (Christchurch: Wilson Scott Pub., c2006)
  • Cassells, K. R., The Fairmile flotillas of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Wellington: New Zealand Ship & Marine Society, 1993
  • Crawford, J., New Zealand's Pacific frontline: Guadalcanal-Solomon Islands campaign 1942-1945 (Wellington: New Zealand Defence Force, 1992)
  • Crawford, J., (ed.) Kia kaha: New Zealand in the Second World War (Auckland: Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Crosby, R., Albaneta: lost opportunity at Cassino (Auckland: Reed, 2007)
  • Ewer, P., Forgotten Anzacs: the campaign in Greece, 1941 (Melbourne: Scribe, 2008)
  • Haworth, J., The art of war: New Zealand war artists in the field, 1939-1945 (Christchurch: Hazard Press, 2007)
  • Horn, A., Wings over the Pacific: the RNZAF in the Pacific air war (Auckland: Random Century, 1992)
  • Hutching, M. (ed.), 'A unique sort of battle': New Zealanders remember Crete (Auckland: HarperCollins in association with the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2001)
  • Hutching, M. (ed.), Inside stories: New Zealand POWs remember (Auckland: HarperCollins in association with the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2002)
  • Hutching, M. (ed.), A fair sort of battering: New Zealanders remember the Italian campaign (Auckland: HarperCollins in association with the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2004)
  • Hutching, M. (ed.), The desert road: New Zealanders remember the North African campaign (Auckland: HarperCollins in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, 2005)
  • Hutching, M. (ed.), Last line of defence: New Zealanders remember the war at home (Auckland: HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Kippenberger, Sir H., Infantry Brigadier (London: Oxford University Press, 1949)
  • McConnell, L., Galatas 1941: courage in vain (Auckland: Reed, 2006)
  • McGibbon, I., New Zealand and the Second World War: the people, the battles and the legacy (Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett, 2004)
  • McLeod, J., Myth & reality: the New Zealand soldier in World War II (Auckland: Reed Methuen, 1986)
  • Petty, B. M. (ed.), New Zealand in the Pacific War: personal accounts of World War II (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, N.C., 2008)
  • Thompson, M., Our war: the grim digs: New Zealand soldiers in North Africa, 1940-1943 (Auckland: Penguin, 2005)
  • Wigzell, F. A., New Zealand Army involvement: Special Operations Australia South-West Pacific World War II (Durham: Pentland Press, 2001)
  • Williams, T., Cassino: New Zealand soldiers in the battle for Italy (Auckland: Penguin, 2002)
  • Wright, M., A near-run affair: New Zealanders in the battle for Crete, 1941 (Auckland: Reed, 2000)
  • Wright, M., Freyberg's war: the man, the legend and reality (Auckland: Penguin, 2005)
  • Wright, M., Italian odyssey: New Zealanders in the battle for Italy, 1943-45 (Auckland: Reed, 2003)
  • Wright, M., Pacific war: New Zealand and Japan, 1941-45 (Auckland: Reed, 2003)
  • Wright, M., Torpedo!: Kiwis at sea in World War II (Auckland: Random House, 2007)
b. Other WW2 Unit Histories:
  • Betts, S. H., Desert wheels (New Plymouth: S.H. Betts, 1987) [5th Infantry Brigade Workshop Section]
  • Burrowes, D. M., 489: an unofficial history of No. 489 Torpedo Bomber Squadron RNZAF 1941 to 1945 (Nelson: David M. Burrowes, 2006)
  • Clayton, G., Last stand in Singapore : the history of 488 Squadron RNZAF (Auckland: Random House, 2008)
  • Gambrill, T., New Zealand cruisers in combat (Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 1988)
  • Harker, J. S., HMNZS Achilles (Auckland: Collins, 1980)
  • Harker, J. S., The rockies: New Zealand minesweepers at war (Wellington: Silver Owl Press, 2000)
  • Ingham, W., 30 Squadron & Servicing Unit RNZAF: a record of service (Auckland: W. Ingham, 1990)
  • Lambert, M., Night after night: New Zealanders in Bomber Command (Auckland: HarperCollins, 2005)
  • Latham, I., WAAC story (Wellington: I. Latham, 1986)
  • Lenton, H. T., British and Empire Warships of the Second World War (London: Greenhill Books, 1998)
  • Morris, G. S., Spitfire: the New Zealand story (Auckland: Reed, 2000)
  • Munro, R. D., 39/34 Heavy Mortar Battery, 7 N.Z. Anti-Tank Regiment, 2 NZEF in Italy 1944 (Upper Hutt: R.D. Munro, 1990)
  • Munro, R. D., 14th New Zealand Light Ack-Ack Regiment, 2 NZEF, 1941-45 (Upper Hutt,: R.D. Munro, 199-)
  • Munro, R. D., 4th NZ Field Regiment, 2 NZEF, 1939-46 (Upper Hutt: R.D. Munro, 1992)
  • Munro, R. D., 5th NZ Field Regiment, 2 NZEF, 1940-46 (Upper Hutt: R.D. Munro, 1992)
  • Munro, R. D., 6th New Zealand Field Regiment, 2 NZEF, 1940-46 (Upper Hutt: R.D. Munro, 1992)
  • Munro, R. D., 7 NZ Anti-Tank Regiment, 2 NZEF, 1939-45 (Upper Hutt: R.D. Munro, 1990)
  • Munro, R. D., Artillery surveyors - 2 NZEF 1940-1945 (Upper Hutt: R.D. Munro, 1994)
  • O'Carroll, B., Kiwi scorpions: the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group (Honiton: Token Pub., 2000)
  • Phillips, F. L. and Gilmour, H. R., The Twentyfourth New Zealand Infantry Battalion: a pictorial history (Auckland: Richards Pub. and Phillips and Gilmour, 1980)
  • Plowman, J. and Thomas, M., 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade in Italy (Christchurch: J. Plowman, c2000)
  • Plowman, J. and Thomas, M., 2nd New Zealand Divisional Cavalry Regiment in the (Christchurch: J. Plowman, 2002)
  • Plowman, J., Rampant dragons: New Zealanders in armour in World War II (Christchurch: Kiwi Armour, c2002)
  • Plowman, J. and Thomas, M., New Zealand armour in the Pacific, 1935-45 (Christchurch: J. Plowman, c2001)
  • Slatter, G., One more river: the final campaign of the Second New Zealand Division in Italy (Auckland: David Ling, 1995)
  • Soutar, M., Nga tama toa = the price of citizenship: C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945 (Auckland: David Bateman, 2008)
  • Wells, K., An illustrated history of the New Zealand Spitfire Squadron (Auckland: Hutchinson of New Zealand, 1984)
  • Wright, A. A., 9th Coast Regiment RNZA, 1939-1945 (Okoriore: A.A. Wright, 1952)
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