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New Zealand and Australian soldiers on Crete, 1941 (2nd of 5)

New Zealand and Australian soldiers on Crete, 1941

In the Second World War, as in the First, New Zealand soldiers served with Australians, this time in Greece, Crete and North Africa. However when Japan entered the war and began to advance through South-East Asia and the Pacific, the Australians chose to bring their troops home, while the New Zealanders decided to leave theirs in North Africa. They subsequently distinguished themselves there and in Italy.

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Philippa Mein Smith, 'Australia and New Zealand - Defence and security', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Philippa Mein Smith, published 20 Jun 2012