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New Zealand in the Pacific War

With America's 1941 entry into World War II and the movement of Japanese forces into the southern Pacific, a number of U.S. troops were sent to protect Australia and New Zealand so that previously committed military units from these countries might remain in Europe. Welcomed by the majority of New Zealanders, many American military men found New Zealand to be a second home as they were adopted into the island communities by those who had family members fighting the war in Europe.Over the course of the next four years, almost 1400 New Zealand women married American servicemen. Some couples relocated to the United States while others remained in New Zealand. From 1942 to the present day, the individual interviews herein record the varied and interesting tapestry of New Zealand's relationship with America. New Zealand war veterans, those on the New Zealand home front, American servicemen stationed on the island during the war and members of the next generation give voice to New Zealand's often overlooked contribution to World War II and the enduring connection between the two countries. Personal photographs illustrate this fascinating oral history.
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Bruce M. Petty served for two years on the U.S.S. Yorktown during the Vietnam War. A California native, he has lived in Saipan. His writings have been published in The Pacific Daily News, The Marianas Variety, Umanidat: A Journal of the Humanities and Journal of the Pacific Society. Formerly a nuclear medicine technologist, he currently writes in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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