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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy


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THE opening of 1945 found 2 NZ Division in the line but in a defensive role which was destined to last for many weeks. The withdrawal of troops from Italy to assist in quelling the disturbances in Greece led to lack of reserves, and the New Zealanders had to remain in the line longer than originally expected. No major offensive was attempted in January or February, partly because of the weather. There was also a temporary need for economy in artillery ammunition. Heavy snow fell in the divisional area from time to time and the weather was bitterly cold throughout, although about half the days were sunny.