The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World war.

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by von Poop, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  2. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    A splendid resource with detailed unit histories. Check out the Supply Company unit history, near bottom of index page. A single company tasked with co-ordinating and supplying rations (Compo and hot/fresh) for an entire division! Surely we must have the paper records and unit histories to put something similar together in this country? It's not rocket science, just basic web publishing with useful links between themes etc. Unless someone can see a profit from it, then I can't see it being done in the present climate...mutter...grumble...
  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    What a fantastic record, and I have to agree with Adam, where are the British records? Don't suppose we will see anything like this for some years, if at all.
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    It's all transcription isn't it, not much analysis required for this kind of raw stuff.
    I'd have thought a worthy lottery type project; more worthy than some anyway.
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I see a great deal of the digitisation was funded by this lady:
    Mary Weston | NZETC
    The success of the project was ensured by significant donations received through the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation. These included a UK£20,000 donation from Mary Weston, the daughter of New Zealand war hero Major General Sir Howard Kippenberger, who oversaw the production of 23 volumes of the official histories.
    New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: May 2004

    Good on her.

  6. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Been reading (downloading) from this site since mid-2007; excellent stuff, very illustrative and fascinating for us researchers out here.

    There´s a similar site on Digger history, with PDF´s of the Official Aussie Records from WW1 to Korea: Official Histories

    By the way, does anybody know if there´s an Indian place like this ones? I mean, been trying for eras to lay my hands on really substantial and in-depth stuff on the East African Campaign, and since British electronic resources are almost a no-no...
  7. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Breaks my heart .....
  9. i read the offical history of nz in ww2 a few years ago and it was okay but i agree with you guys where are the british records
  10. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    Sadly Britain is lagging behind.

    Cheers Paul
  11. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Just been reading about 28 Maori battalion at Takrouna, North Africa, as it was a battle that my Father witnessed and always had undying admiration for them. 5th Camerons knew if they failed they would be sent in to help. One small error is that the history says the Maoris were relieved by 5th Seaforth, in actual fact 5th Camerons relieved them on 23/24 April.
  12. spidge


    The British equivalent would be something to look forward to.
  13. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  14. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Thanks for the link for Infantry Brigadier.

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