3rd NZ Division Links
During my net search for info on the 3rd Division Kiwis I came across the following pages with information relative to understanding WWII in the Solomons and the Pacific. Only the rare reference to Kiwis in the Solomons. Please let me know of any other relevant sites.
New Zealand Links
Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45 The
Pacific. By Oliver Gillespie. Click on "Next Section" to make
your way through this long series of pages.
Kiwis in Armour, account of Green Island engagement, Feb., 1944 and use of tanks there.
Mentions 3rd Division Artillery units.
Contains links re NZ military involvements from 19 C up to more
recent times. Links re medals & war graves.
NZ Govt. military history site. A book review has good broad
overview of NZ entry into and progress through WWII.
IJN submarine recce's off NZ May 1942 incl flight by Glen flying
boat over Auckland before attack on Sydney.
Pictures of Glen seaplane and I-25 showing hangar. (this page
says it was I-25 that recc'ed Auckland.
IJN submarine recce's off NZ Jan 1943
Picture of corvettes HMNZS Kiwi and Moa
General page Pacific War
Includes account of sinking of IJN submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal by NZ corvettes HMNZS Kiwi & Moa.
Page saying the HMNZS Kiwi built 1941 was sold for breaking up in Auckland in 1960's.
Found this page describing Australian action on Bougainville, after
the Kiwis had left the area in 1944. Very extensive selection of
3rd US Marine Division pages, they fought on Guadalacanal in 1942.
Detailed account of US counter invasion of Guadalcanal August 1942
to early 1943 when the Japanese pulled off the island. First
instance of the Japanese ground advance being turned back.
Long page, packed with interest, lots of images but slow site so
make a coffee as it loads, on second thought, take a meal break. It is
worth the wait.
Written by historian John M. Millar, Univ. of Iowa. Section on
Gen. MacArthur and US campaign to take the Admiralty Islands in
early 1944. Around end of NZ involvement in early 1944. Mention
of Kiwis at Green Island.
Lots of maps of Australia and SW Pacific pinpointing WWII
airfields. Helped me find Green Island.
Unit pages for US Seabees (Naval construction units) that were on
New web pages for the 93rd Seabees who were on Green island.
Original diaries, masses of reading in downloadable pdf's..
By historian Robert W. Coakley, good overview of WWII and
strategy in Pacific and mention of 3rd Division in Solomons.
All about 323 USMC Squadron flying the F4U Corsair fighter aircraft.
Unit pages about US Navy guys who flew the Catalina ( PBY ) . flying
About the B25 Mitchell bomber (PBJ) flown by USMC, like a
mother in law they say, "dumpy, dependable and loud"
Ted Rundall tells me USMC Squadron VMB-423 flew the PBJ from the Green island airstrip in 1944. See strip in my photos page.
Nihon Kaigun, huge site with comprehensive information on the
Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), accounts of WWII battles, descriptions of
ships. A glimpse of how good the net can be. Pick a time when the
family are not nagging you to get off the computer.
Day by day thru month.
Another day by day account
Accounts of SW Pacific campaigns
Accounts of Solomons naval actions 1942
Summary accounts WWII naval actions
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