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US Forces in New Zealand

  • Page 1 – US forces in New Zealand

    It was an 'invasion' with a touch of Hollywood. From 1942 to 1944, as many as 45,000 American servicemen were in camp in New Zealand at any one time.

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  • Page 2 – Overview

    Overview of US forces in New Zealand during the Second World War.

  • Page 3 – Arrival

    The invasion began in Auckland on 12 June 1942 when five transport ships carrying soldiers of the US Army sailed into the harbour. Two days later Marines landed in Wellington

  • Page 4 – The camps

    American life in New Zealand between 1942 and 1944 was centred on the camps. Most of these were to be found within marching distance or a short train journey from Wellington or

  • Page 5 – Having fun US style

    Although the American forces worked hard, they all craved some time off. But New Zealand leisure-habits were very different to American ones. So the visitors devised their own

  • Page 6 – Having fun NZ Style

    For many people of both nations the most memorable aspect of the American invasion was the home visits. Often these were arranged formally, with New Zealand families signing up

  • Page 7 – Yankee boys, Kiwi girls

    Romantic liaisons between American servicemen and New Zealand women inevitably developed. The soldiers were starved of female company, and the Kiwi women often found the

  • Page 8 – Economic impact

    The presence of thousands of well-paid Americans in the country and a large army to service brought about a minor economic boom in New Zealand and some long-term effects on

  • Page 9 – Americans and Māori

    There were considerable tensions between the Americans and Māori, so strenuous efforts were made to build inter-racial bridges.

  • Page 10 – The end or a beginning?

    The end of the American invasion was a gradual process which started in the last months of 1943. For some New Zealanders it was a relief to see the men go; for others it was

War in the Pacific

  • Page 4 – The final stages

    Once the tide had turned in favour of the United States and its allies, American troops began 'island hopping' through the central Pacific, taking one island after another.

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  • Page 4 - The final stagesOnce the tide had turned in favour of the United States and its allies, American troops began 'island hopping' through the central Pacific, taking one island after another.

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