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In this film Frank Zalot Jnr remembers the terrrible tragedy that saw 10 of his US Navy ship-mates killed off Paekakariki in June 1943
Major-General Leonard F. Wing, commander of the US 43rd Infantry Division, issues a farewell statement before his division departs New Zealand in July 1944
Film showing New Zealand war brides leaving for the United States
Film footage of US forces stationed in New Zealand during the Second World War
US Marines Corps memorial plaque on Wellington's waterfront
Film footage of US forces in New Zealand during the Second World War
Map of sites used by US military forces in New Zealand, 1942-1945
Film showing two US Marine teams playing baseball in Wellington, 31 January 1943
Sergeant Nathan E. Cook comes down the gangway at Prince's Wharf in Auckland to become the first American soldier to step onto New Zealand soil, 13 June 1942.
Overview of US forces in New Zealand during the Second World War.
Interactive showing pages of Meet New Zealand, a guide distributed to United States servicemen in New Zealand during the Second World War
US troops unload vegetables at a military camp in Paekākāriki, 26 January 1943.
US Marines rest in scrub at the Army School of Mountain Warfare in the Tararua Ranges, between 1942 and 1944
US troops march down Queen St, Auckland, probably in 1942
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. Japanese naval power was destroyed in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines in October 1944, and invasions of Okinawa and Iwo Jima followed.
Between 1942 and 1944 about 100,000 American servicemen were stationed in New Zealand as part of the Allies' counter-offensive against Japan. This American ‘invasion’ led to a considerable clash of cultures.
The visit sparked anti-nuclear rallies on land and sea. Nuclear ship visits became an election issue in 1984 and they were later banned by David Lange's Labour government.
The most famous of several wartime skirmishes between New Zealanders and American servicemen, the 'Battle of Manners Street' saw hundreds of soldiers and civilians slugging it out in downtown Wellington.
There were more than 9000 beds for wounded and ill American servicemen in New Zealand. One of the largest hospitals was the naval base hospital at Silverstream, Upper Hutt
An American Marine enjoys a milkshake with a New Zealand woman in Auckland's New Ritz Bar