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2nd. NZ Division

Beitragvon Kuno » 9/7/2007, 08:40

I wold like to open that thread to discuss and learn about the 2nd. NZ Divisions famous "Black Diamond Trail"; the pursuit of Rommel's defeated Army to the West.

Pictures / Maps / Statements --- all is welcome here!
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Beitragvon Dave Mack » 20/3/2008, 12:14

It's all for a good cause.Kuno has been of crucial assistance.
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Beitragvon Kuno » 20/3/2008, 12:17

Dave; more pics of that truck PLEEEEEAAAASE!
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Beitragvon Dave Mack » 21/3/2008, 22:12

ROD'S CHEV
"My truck is a 1943 CMP 8-cwt with the New Zealand pattern deck made at the General Motors factory at Petone . It's painted in desert colours, but with the 3rd NZ Division markings of my Grandfathers old unit, the 26th Field Engineers. It also has the 5th Divisional Artillery markings, which is the re-enactment unit I am a member of. The truck usually tows a restored 25 pounder gun and accompanying ammunition limber at airshows and rallies.It was used during its service life as a Heavy Machine- Gun section truck.
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Beitragvon Dave Mack » 2/4/2008, 09:42

For the last two years my colleagues in New Zealand and Libya have been preparing a return to the battlefields of North Africa ; in particular those fought over by elements of the 2nd New Zealand Division.The experience will be documented for New Zealand Television and a corresponding publication.To travel in the tracks of our grandfathers, we are restoring two veteran light trucks to carry ourselves and our equipment. The Chevrolet is one of the vehicles undergoing extensive rebuilding and testing prior to our departure. The North Africa conflict was a huge drain on the manpower of our then tiny population, and it is as a small tribute to the sacrifices made then that we plan our return there carefully.
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Beitragvon Dave Mack » 5/4/2008, 08:53

I took a trip down to Oamaru in New Zealand's South Island to see my friend Rod and to take the Chev for a quick spin.The sand channels are cut from old airfield mats.
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Beitragvon Dave Mack » 5/4/2008, 09:55

from the official history of New Zealand in the Second World War, a photo of transport in Tunisia with the black diamond road sign used by the NZ Division.
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Beitragvon byron » 5/4/2008, 10:41

Hi Dave,

The 2. NZ division fought as you surely know on our side in Greece and the Island of Crete. We`ll never forget them.

2. NEUSEELÄNDISCHE DIVISION

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27.03.41 Kdr. Gen. Major Freyberg (bis 30.04.41)
Brigadier Pattik

Gefechtsstände

27.03.41 Athen 18.04.41 Nea Karya ( Südl. Larissa)
06.04.41 Ganochori 20.04.41 Longos (südl. Volos)
11.04.41 Dolichi (N. Elasson) 29.04.41 Kreta

best regards from Greece

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Beitragvon Kuno » 5/4/2008, 17:00

@ Dave; please urgently change out the sand channels - this type was, as per my knowledge, not yet used in NA!
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Beitragvon trapperjoe » 5/4/2008, 18:56

Gab es diesen Typ Sandbleche überhaupt schon im WW2?
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Beitragvon Kuno » 5/4/2008, 23:22

I can recall to have seen them on photographs of the war in the Pacific - not used as sand channels for trucks but in the original role to build landing strips for planes.
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Beitragvon Dave Mack » 6/4/2008, 01:03

We 'll have a look at the sand channels and see whats practical.To a certain extent they're a fantasy piece as the majority of Div.Transport was not supplied with them. I have not seen anything to suggest that American airfield matting was ever used in this manner,so we can't claim any historical precedent.If I was contemplating a LRDG vehicle reconstruction ,there would be no option but to manufacture to the original specification. We'll certainly take your opinion into our consideration.
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Re: 2nd. NZ Division

Beitragvon tepl » 16/10/2016, 16:22

Hallo Kuno,
weiß man eigentlich, was aus dem Vorhaben von Dave geworden ist?
Gruß
Frank
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