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B Force in Fiji

Unknown, photographer, [Group of nine men with military truck in Fiji] Sydney George Kofoed photographs. Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2014-5-93

Unknown, photographer, [Group of nine men with military truck in Fiji] Sydney George Kofoed photographs. Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2014-5-93

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In 1941, and anticipating the entry of the Japanese Empire into the Second World War, the New Zealand Military Forces raised a formation initially known as B Force, later to be designated the 8th Brigade, for garrison duty in Fiji.

"When New Zealand troops of the brigade landed in Fiji on 1 November 1940 they made history. It was the first time a defence force from a self-governing dominion had been sent to garrison a Crown Colony of the Empire." 1

The following battalions were included in this force: 29th Battalion, 30th Battalion, 36th Battalion, Anti-Air Craft Regiment.


Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171)

Gillespie, O (1952). The Pacific. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45. Wellington: War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs

Gillespie, O. (1948). The 36th Battalion : A record of service of the 36th Battalion with the Third Division in the Pacific. Wellington]: Reed for the Third Division Histories Committee.

Lowry, R. (2007). Fortress Fiji : Holding the line in the Pacific War, 1939-1945. Sutton, N.S.W.: R.W. Lowry.

Sydney George Kofoed photographs, Kofoed, Sydney George (1913-1998), 1940-1945, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2014-5.


1 Gillespie (1952). p. 26

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PhotoFamily nameFirst namesForceWarsService # 
135435AbelRoland MurrayArmyWorld War II, 1939-194534381 
144428AbernethyJohn James LawrensonArmyWorld War II, 1939-194513704 
173668AbrahamPhilip Aubrey ToussantArmyWorld War II, 1939-194560134 
171906AdamJames HaroldArmyWorld War II, 1939-194537438 
152819AdamsLeslieArmyWorld War II, 1939-194536130 
C20271AdamsonPhilip HumphreyArmyWorld War II, 1939-194534716 
C133520AddisJohnArmyWorld War II, 1939-194511968 
117083AdlamAlbertArmyWorld War II, 1939-194529558 
178243AgnewLloydArmyWorld War II, 1939-194513720 
135454AgnewRaymondArmyWorld War II, 1939-194525612 
C17168AinsleyPercy CharlesArmyWorld War II, 1939-194523157 
135460AislabieWilliam RawsonArmyWorld War II, 1939-194530369 
135462AitchisonRoyArmyWorld War II, 1939-194526352 
135463AitkenDouglas EdmeadesArmyWorld War II, 1939-194531740 
144429AitkenGeorge RubinArmyWorld War II, 1939-194513712 
C20298AitkenHerbert AmesArmyWorld War II, 1939-194532453 
152322AitkenThomas FraserArmyWorld War II, 1939-194534398 
135467AlbonJohn StancliffeArmyWorld War II, 1939-19458704 
135469AlcornThomas CaulfieldArmyWorld War II, 1939-194514084 
135472AldridgeEvan Arthur PeacheyArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945, Jayforce, 1945-194813969 

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