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New Zealand troops in action on Vella Lavella (3rd of 3)

New Zealand troops in action on Vella Lavella

Vella Lavella, an island in the Solomons occupied by the Japanese, was the site of the first action by New Zealand's 3rd Division and involved about 3,700 men. Between 18 September and 9 October 1943, the New Zealand troops, largely from the 14th Brigade, cleared the island of the Japanese. The conditions were difficult, with heavy rain and thick jungle, but the operation was achieved with the loss of 34 New Zealanders.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - American counter-offensive', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 May 2016