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The Merchant Navy

  • Page 1 – The Merchant Navy in the Second World War

    They called it 'the fourth service'. Thousands of New Zealanders served in the Merchant Navy, shipping troops, military equipment and cargo across the world.

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  • Page 2 – The longest lifeline

    An island nation half a world away from its main trading partner, New Zealand in the mid-20th century was overwhelmingly dependent on sea transport for its prosperity and

  • Page 3 – Under the Southern Cross

    New Zealand's domestic shipping industry played a vital role during the war. A small tributary of the vast British shipping empire, it was largely confined to 'short-sea' (

  • Page 4 – The Battle of the Atlantic

    Although it was waged half a world away, few military campaigns were as vital to New Zealand's interests as the Battle of the Atlantic. A German victory, which would have

  • Page 5 – No grave but the sea

    For the Merchant Navy the cost of victory was high: between 1939 and 1945 almost 5000 Allied and neutral merchant vessels (over 21 million tons' worth) were sunk, and around 60

  • Page 6 – Roll of honour

    This roll lists the names of seafarers who died while serving on New Zealand merchant ships and New Zealanders known to have been lost while sailing under the flags of other

  • Page 7 – Merchant Navy timeline

    An outline of some of the key events relating to the war at sea and merchant shipping in the Second World War, with a particular focus on New Zealand involvement.

  • Page 8 – Further information

    This web feature was written by Neill Atkinson and produced by the NZHistory.net.nz team. Links Allied merchant seamen of World War II: this Canadian-based site contains

D-Day

Merchant marine

Prisoners of War

  • Page 2 – Capture

    Most of New Zealand's Second World War POWs were captured in the European theatre in the early stages of the war. Only about 100 New Zealand servicemen fell into Japanese hands

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  • Page 2 - CaptureMost of New Zealand's Second World War POWs were captured in the European theatre in the early stages of the war. Only about 100 New Zealand servicemen fell into Japanese hands,

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