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"A German 88mm anti-tank gun captured and destroyed by New Zealand troops near El Alamein, 17 July 1942."  A Commonwealth soldier inspects the banana-peeled barrel of a knocked-out 88mm anti-tank gun. A penetration point can be seen in the side of the breech-end of the barrel, above the elevation mechanism.   The Commonwealth forces enjoyed relative success in North Africa with tanks like the Matilda II, an infantry tank, virtually impervious too all the anti tank guns fielded by the Axis at

"A German 88mm anti-tank gun captured and destroyed by New Zealand troops near El Alamein, 17 July 1942." A Commonwealth soldier inspects the banana-peeled barrel of a knocked-out 88mm anti-tank gun. A penetration point can be seen in the side of the breech-end of the barrel, above the elevation mechanism. The Commonwealth forces enjoyed relative success in North Africa with tanks like the Matilda II, an infantry tank, virtually impervious too all the anti tank guns fielded by the Axis at

J D Ruscoe (Wanganui) leaning on his rifle, in an informal and characteristic New Zealand pose, on the Cassino battlefront in Italy, 5 April 1944

J D Ruscoe (Wanganui) leaning on his rifle, in an informal and characteristic New Zealand pose, on the Cassino battlefront in Italy, 5 April 1944

A Stuart reconnaissance tank and a Sherman of the 27th Armoured Brigade, 6th Armoured Division in Corso Italia, Arezzo, Tuscany in Italy 16 July 1944.  The Germans made a stand in front of Arezzo early in July 1944 and there was fierce fighting before the town was taken on 16 July by the 6th Armoured Division with the aid of the 2nd New Zealand Division.

A Stuart reconnaissance tank and a Sherman of the 27th Armoured Brigade, 6th Armoured Division in Corso Italia, Arezzo, Tuscany in Italy 16 July 1944. The Germans made a stand in front of Arezzo early in July 1944 and there was fierce fighting before the town was taken on 16 July by the 6th Armoured Division with the aid of the 2nd New Zealand Division.

Boulton Paul 'Defiant', British and New Zealand pilots and gunners of No 264 Squadron RAF, pass the time with a game of draughts while waiting at readiness outside their dispersal tent at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire. Summer 1940.

Boulton Paul 'Defiant', British and New Zealand pilots and gunners of No 264 Squadron RAF, pass the time with a game of draughts while waiting at readiness outside their dispersal tent at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire. Summer 1940.

New Zealand Flying Officer Edgar James 'Cobber' Kain of No. 73 Squadron RAF, standing by his Hawker Hurricane Mark I "Paddy III" (P/L1766) at Rouvres, shortly after becoming the first Allied air 'ace' of the Second World War. November 1939  Kain scored his fourth and fifth victories on 26 March 1940, before being wounded and forced to bail out. The 21-year-old pilot was killed in a flying accident while doing acrobatics over Échemines airfield on 7 June 1940.

New Zealand Flying Officer Edgar James 'Cobber' Kain of No. 73 Squadron RAF, standing by his Hawker Hurricane Mark I "Paddy III" (P/L1766) at Rouvres, shortly after becoming the first Allied air 'ace' of the Second World War. November 1939 Kain scored his fourth and fifth victories on 26 March 1940, before being wounded and forced to bail out. The 21-year-old pilot was killed in a flying accident while doing acrobatics over Échemines airfield on 7 June 1940.

A Sapper from the Royal New Zealand Corps of Engineers probes at the earth in the search for more mines after lifting (digging out) a German Tellermine, near Tripoli, Libya, on the 22d of January, 1943.

A Sapper from the Royal New Zealand Corps of Engineers probes at the earth in the search for more mines after lifting (digging out) a German Tellermine, near Tripoli, Libya, on the 22d of January, 1943.

A Sherman tank of 19th Armoured Regiment, 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade supports infantry of 24th Battalion, 6th NZ Infantry Brigade, during a reconstruction of recent action in Cassino, Italy 8 April 1944.

A Sherman tank of 19th Armoured Regiment, 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade supports infantry of 24th Battalion, 6th NZ Infantry Brigade, during a reconstruction of recent action in Cassino, Italy 8 April 1944.

The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War.  Originally called the Long Range Patrol (LRP), the unit was founded in Egypt in June 1940 by Major Ralph A. Bagnold, acting under the direction of General Archibald Wavell. Bagnold was assisted by Captain Patrick Clayton and Captain William Shaw. At first the majority of the men were from New Zealand, but they were soon joined by Southern Rhodesian and British…

The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War. Originally called the Long Range Patrol (LRP), the unit was founded in Egypt in June 1940 by Major Ralph A. Bagnold, acting under the direction of General Archibald Wavell. Bagnold was assisted by Captain Patrick Clayton and Captain William Shaw. At first the majority of the men were from New Zealand, but they were soon joined by Southern Rhodesian and British…

An unidentified New Zealand Flying officer from Timaru, Canterbury in a Vickers Wellington Mk 1C bomber, named "Der Oberhund II" most likely belonging to the RAF 37 Squadron and located at an RAF station in Egypt (possibly Kabrit). c. 1940-42

An unidentified New Zealand Flying officer from Timaru, Canterbury in a Vickers Wellington Mk 1C bomber, named "Der Oberhund II" most likely belonging to the RAF 37 Squadron and located at an RAF station in Egypt (possibly Kabrit). c. 1940-42

A convoy of lorries belonging to the 2nd New Zealand Division - part of the British Eighth Army in North Africa - is escorted by an RAF Hurricane, pictured here performing a low-altitude flypast. Egypt, 3rd August, 1942.

A convoy of lorries belonging to the 2nd New Zealand Division - part of the British Eighth Army in North Africa - is escorted by an RAF Hurricane, pictured here performing a low-altitude flypast. Egypt, 3rd August, 1942.

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