Pacific Star: 3NZ Division in the South Pacific in World War II

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The war in the South Pacific saw some of the most grueling fighting of World War Two. Conditions were unpleasant- fetid heat, torrential downpours and hostile flora and fauna- while the Japanese enemy were ruthless and would often fight to the last man. Amphibious warfare, jungle warfare and the need to co-operate with our American ally all meant that new demands were made on New Zealand soldiers. Yet the war in the South Pacific came to be seen as an easy war, generally overlooked (with the exception of Guadalcanal) by historians.

From ignorance of what the soldiers were called upon to endure, the notion arose that service in the South Pacific was somehow less worthy than the ‘real war’ in Europe against the Nazis. This attitude continued in the post-war world and today the soldiers of 3NZ Division are all but forgotten. Pacific Star sets the record straight, shedding new light on the sacrifices and tribulations which the soldiers of 3NZ Division had to endure in the service of the Allied cause.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback, case and jacket | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ Inches | Black & White | Approx. 60 Photographs + 5 Maps | 232 Pages |

Reg Newell has had a lifelong interest in military history. After gaining a master’s degree through the American Military University, he completed a doctorate through Massey University on New Zealand’s involvement in the South Pacific in World War Two. Pacific Star is based on his doctoral research. He is passionate about restoring the reputation of 3NZ Division and ensuring its feats are not forgotten. Reg has practised law in Upper Hutt, Wellington for about 30 years. He is married with a son.

NZ Army News, May 2016

“Pacific Star is a ‘must read’ for all our Servicemen and women today, because of the importance that New Zealand places on the Pacific.”


Fort and Works Magazine, March 2016

For anyone wanting to learn more about our war efforts this is a worthwhile addition to your bookshelves.” 

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Amazon, December 2015
“Many thanks to the author for putting this most readable history together… kudos!!”

Amazon reviews Pacific Star

Law Talk, November 2015
“The division did not have an easy time of it, and one of the aims of Pacific Star is to revive the reputation of the Third Division and ensure its feats are not forgotten.”

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Radio New Zealand – Sounds Historical November 2015
Jim Sullivan interviews Pacific Star author Reg Newell.
Check it out here and listen from the 25-minute mark!

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