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Korea and the RNZN »

January 7, 2016
The Korean War was possibly the first link between the Royal New Zealand Navy and Korea. In June 1950 Stalin give Kim Ill Sung permission to invade the south counting the fact he did not think the UN would intervene. It was a miscalculation. Later on Stalin pushed China into entering the war so that […]
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Semaphore »

December 29, 2015
Semaphore was invented by Rev Lord George Murray on 1 January 1796. Semaphore is the telegraphy system conveying information at a distance by using visual signals with hand held flags, rods, disks, paddles and occasionally bare or gloved hands. Semaphores were adopted and widely used in the maritime world in the 19th century. The current […]
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The Loss of HMS Neptune »

December 18, 2015
ORBAT Force K: HMS Neptune ­– Leander-class cruiser [Mined 19/12/1941] HMS Aurora ­- cruiser [Paid off 1948] HMS Penelope – cruiser [Sunk 18/2/1944] ­HMS Kandahar – K-class destroyer [Sunk by torpedo from HMS Jaguar 20/12/1941] HMS Lance – L-class destroyer [Sunk 9/4/1942] HMS Lively – L-class destroyer [Sunk 11/5/1942] HMS Havock – H-class destroyer [Wrecked […]
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor – 7 December 1941 »

December 7, 2015
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning this attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were […]
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ANZAC DAY: The New Zealand Story—Book Review »

July 1, 2014
By Philippa Werry As we approach the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli and look at to the world today there is a clear link between New Zealand’s First World War contribution and the conception of an independent New Zealand that stands up for what it believes in. Although occurring almost a hundred years […]
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The White Ships: New Zealand’s First World War Hospital Ships – Book Review »

June 16, 2014
By Gavin McLean New Zealand’s hospital ships are often taken for granted in military histories. In fact the effort that went into and equipping the NZ hospital ships was considerable, led by the Governor General no less. The lessons were clear and the hospital ships were quickly revived for WWII. This book is part of […]
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The Waikato River Gunboats: New Zealand’s First Navy – Book Review »

New Zealand’s first Navy was a collection of converted and specifically-built paddle steamers to transport and support the British Army in its campaign in the Waikato, 1863-64. Grant Middlemiss has assembled years of research and worked with illustrator Harry Duncan to bring to life these ships and their achievements. Without our contemporary concerns for joint […]
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The First World War – Book Review »

May 26, 2014
As we enter the hundredth anniversary of the global struggle we today know as the First World War, a period of great suffering, huge technological leaps and events that shaped the world to come it is important to understand the history behind the conflict that created the ANZAC tradition. Written by one of Britain’s foremost […]
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Tudor Collins at Macquarie Island »

March 4, 2014
In September 1950 the Royal Navy frigate HMS St Austell Bay, delivered a load of supplies to Macquarie Island and Tudor Collins went along to document the trip. HMS St Austell Bay was on a six month exchange with the New Zealand Navy and called in at several NZ ports on its way south. At Macquarie […]

A Voice from the Past »

February 26, 2014
Linda Gillingham, nee McBride, listens to her husbands voice for the first time since he was killed in 1945. Glen McBride’s aircraft was shot down over Japan on 10th August 1945, only five days before the Japanese surrender. They were married in April 1945 and spent just five weeks together before Glen returned to his […]
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