Lest We Forget
As defence spending had been greatly reduced, especially in the Depression of the early 1930s, New Zealand was less prepared for the Second World War than for the First. However, by mid-1940 some 20,000 men had embarked for overseas service with the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2 NZEF). In total, around 140,000 New Zealand personnel served overseas for the Allied war effort, 104,000 in the 2NZEF, and the rest in the British or New Zealand Naval and Air Forces. An additional 100,000 men were armed for Home Guard duty. The Home Guard in New Zealand was an important force until the threat from Japan eased in late 1943. Of those who served nearly 7000 died on active Army service and a total of over 11,000 died in all services. Nearly 16,000 were wounded as well. Lest We Forget.