Table of Data Points

Tag : New Zealand

1945-01-01Unternehmen Bodenplatte

The final major Luftwaffe offensive during the war and a massive effort to disable allied air power in the low countries. The effort was ultimately a pyrrhic tactical success. Allied losses were replaced in weeks.

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1944-08-20168 Airmen at Buchenwald

168 captured allied airmen, accused of being "terror fliers", arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.

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1944-03-24The Great Escape

76 prisoners of Stalag Luft III escape. 73 are subsequently recaptured and 50 are murdered by the Gestapo on Hitler's orders.

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1944-03-091944-03-17Hill 700, Bougainville

Japanese troops launch a counter offensive on US troops defending Hill 700, Cannon Hill, and Hill 260. The counterattack was defeated with heavy losses for the Japanese army. The Japanese withdrew into the interior, north and south ends of the island.

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1944-01-171944-05-18Monte Casino

The Gustav line was assaulted four times by Allied troops. For the last of these the Allies gathered 20 divisions for a major assault along a twenty mile front and drove the German defenders from their positions but at a high cost.

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1943-12-16Orsogna Counterattack

At 3:15 German troops from the 6th Parachute regiment counter-attacked 1st NZ Battalion troops but were repelled and retired by daylight.

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1943-04-011943-04-19Operation I-Go

Admiral Yamamoto conceives a massive aerial counter attack designed to sink allied shipping and destroy allied air power in the Solomons and New Guinea. It was motived largely as a response to losses at Guadalcanal, New Guinea and the Bismarck Sea.

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1943-03-29Gabes captured

The 2nd New Zealand division captures Gabes in Tunisia. "When we were about ten yards away we had reached the top of the slit trench and we killed any of the survivors"

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1943-01-23Tripoli Captured

With Rommel withdrawing to the French-built southern defenses of Tunisia, the Mareth Line, following the Second Battle of El Alamein. The British 8th Army enter Tripoli.

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1943-01-141943-02-07Operation Ke

The largely successful withdrawal of Japanese forces from Guadalcanal at the conclusion of the Guadalcanal Campaign. 10,652 men were evactuated from Guadalcanal at a cost of one destroyer sunk and three damaged.

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