Topic: WWII clippings from "Kiwi News Issues"

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A. I. Still, collected a bundle of Kiwi Newspaper issues covering the period from March 1943 when they were first published until his collection finished in June 1944. He have these to the Hauraki News where they were published within their newsletters at regular intervals. These are recorded below.

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Wed March 10 1943

It gives me great pleasure to send a message of congratulation and good wishes for the first issue of the Kiwi Force newspaper.

The experience of the Armed Forces of the other democratic countries has been that some form of educational and welfare service has proved of great value in maintaining morale, in giving the men an intelligent appreciation of what they are fighting for, and in preventing stagnation. A newspaper is an excellent medium for these purposes.

It also provides a two-way news service between the men overseas and the home country they are fighting for, and which must be always in their thoughts.

You will all appreciate increasingly, in the days that lay ahead, the vision of the National Patriotic Fund Board, acting for the open-hearted people of N.Z. in providing the printing plant, and the initiative of the Army Education and Welfare Service in organising the publication of the paper.

May Kiwi and the Kiwi Force both prove sharp-billed fighting birds: may they enjoy the best of luck, good hunting and a speedy and triumphant return.

E Kiwi, Kia Ora Katoa

Signed. Hon .F .Jones Minister of Defence



Many men of the 2nd NZEF who have been discharged from the forces are awaiting notice about uplifting their deferred pay of 1/- a day for every day overseas, announced November 30. Several who have applied have been told they must have the parchment discharge before payment can be made. The provisional discharge certificate issued by the army authorities is at present confused with the parchment one. Payment of money due is being handled from Base Records, Wellington.


By Capt. J. Rutherford

World War 11 has undergone a great transformation in the last 6 months, alike in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. Without belittling the recent successes, it necessary to avoid silly over-optimism. To those who fondly imagine that we can now march right into Berlin, Rome and Tokyo by Christmas, 1943 it is well to repeat the words spoken by Churchill in December last. "I promise nothing. I know of nothing which justifies the hope that the war will not be long or that bitter bloody years do not lie ahead." And Churchill is not a pessimist. He is a realist. Allied successes lately have been real enough and big enough to deserve proper evaluation, not fanciful exaggeration which robs them of all meaning.


PACIFIC: Decisive blows have been struck against Japan. Her enforced withdrawal from Guadalcanal and Buna have given new Allied bases for the forthcoming offensive. American bombers have already used them for shattering attacks on Jap bases in New Britain and New Guinea. Rabaul, main stronghold in New Britain, has taken a terrible battering, and Jap shipping losses mount daily. Early February a 10 day sea and air battle in the Solomon's ended, says US Navy Dept, with 17 Jap ships sunk or damaged in action covering their evacuation of Guadalcanal, where his losses for the visit totalled 50,000 men, 797 planes, 57 ships at least. The Pacific position is probably summed up in the simultaneous Washington- London announcement that "American, British and Chinese leaders have reached full co-ordination on plans for a concentrated U.N. offensive in the Pacific" The bases for the execution of those plans have been won.



 War Cabinet has approved of the dispatch of grade 2 men to certain Pacific islands for garrison duty. Normally soldiers in this category between 21 and 41 years will be dispatched, but men who have passed their 20th birthday may volunteer on submission of the written consent of both parents, or of their guardian. Grade 1 or 2 soldiers over 41 may also volunteer.

It was announced that grade 2 men would go to the islands where the climate was healthy and there was no virulent tropical disease. Care would be taken to see that soldiers for this service were physically suitable.


18-19 year old girls register for National Service 1943

On latest available statistics it is estimated that there are 27,000 girls in the 18 - 19 age group which have recently been called on to register for National Service. Of these it is computed that over 24,000 will be liable for registration



ALL OVERSEAS TROOPS TO VOTE (Wellington March 3 ) The Chief Election Officer announced that all members of NZ Forces overseas, irrespective of age, will be eligible to vote at the general election. This does not apply to personnel under 21 serving inNZ.



Mussolini has announced that the Italian 8th Army, consisting of 10 divisions, is being withdrawn from the Russian front in order to rest and refill its ranks.


Wellington Feb 27

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. S Holland, has announced that, in view of the general election this year, he will not accept the Empire Parliamentary Association's invitation to visit Britain and Canada as one of the NZ delegation.


Kiwi News March 1943

It is officially announced that the Japanese convoy making towards New Guinea was joined by a further 8 ships, making a total of 22. In their first contact, our bombers destroyed 4. Subsequently they sank the entire convoy - 12 transports and 10 warships. Our fighter cover accounted for 53 Japanese planes. Our losses; 1 bomber and 3 fighters. It is believed that 15,000 Japanese were destroyed.


Savings stamps for Hitler

Thousands of Londoners and American Soldiers from a crowd of about a million pushing through Trafalgar Square bought savings stamps and plastered them on two 5001b bombs for delivery to Hitler. The crowd was the biggest since the Coronation.


Axis Armies flung back in Central Tunisia

Allied forces in central Tunisia have inflicted a major defeat on Rommel's army. Allied counter attacks drove the enemy from his new-won position before Tebessa and attacking his Thala flank, flung him back towards Gafsa, 70 miles away. He has taken advantage of heavy rains to regroup his shattered forces on a new defence line. His losses are said to be very high.

During their retreat, Rommel's forces were subjected to an inferno of bombing and low level attacks by Allied planes, which also rained destruction on enemy strongholds at Gafsa and Sbeitla.


Kiwi News 1943

Rommel on the run

Rommel's attack on the 8th Army has been broken. The British counterattacked and forced Rommel's shattered forces to retreat behind the Mareth line. A reliable source broadcast giving the news this morning stated that British gunnery was so good that General Montgomery found it unnecessary to use tanks.

In the battle Rommel lost 50 tanks, some of which are believed to be the latest Mark 111. The smoking ruins of Mareth and Medenine bear witness to the deadly accuracy of the 8th Army's fire. The broadcast pointed out that Rommel still holds a very strong position with one flank resting on the sea. His main task is to delay the 8th Army's advance. (Radio Mar lo)


German losses in Russia

In his Order of the Day on the occasion of the Red Army Anniversary Stalin stated that four million of the Fascist invaders had died in
battle on the Russian front and that a total of nine million had been put out of action. "In view of the absence of a second front in Europe, the Red
Army alone is bearing the full weight of the war," He said.


Kiwi News 1943

Macarthur sees Jap threat to Australia

General Macarthur's Headquarters announce today from Australia, that constant reinforcements of troops and war materials were being poured into

Jap-held islands north of Australia. 'The Japs now have enough troops and equipment to launch a large-scale offensive anywhere in the Pacific at any time."


Steady Bombing of Jap Bases
The steady bombing of Jap bases and strong points continues in New Guinea, New Georgia, New Britain and on Vila Kahili and Faisi in the Solomons. Allied Command HQ announced Saturday hitting a 5000-ton Jap vessel with a 500 lb bomb in a low flying attack by Allied raiders of Wewak on the North New Guinea coast.

New German Tank
Details are given of the new German Mark 4 tank now operating in Tunisia. Weight 55-60 tons. Armament 1 x 88mm gun, 2 x 7.92 mm machine guns. The main gun weighs one and a half tons, uses a 331b shell 3ft long. The front armour is over 4 inches thick.


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