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New Zealand declared war on September 3, 1939, after the German invasion of Poland. Troops were immediately dispatched to Europe, where they engaged the Axis powers in the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Italy. They were involved in major battles at Crete, El Alamein, and Cassino, among others. When Japan entered the war in 1941, New Zealand troops fought in the Pacific as well, seeing most of their forces concentrated in Singapore, the Solomon Islands, and the waters around Japan. The European side of the war ended with Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945, and the Pacific side ended with Japan’s official surrender on September 2, 1945.

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Fold3, World War II (/collection/world-war-ii-new-zealand : accessed January 24, 2021), database and images,

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