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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III

Section IV

Section IV

28. The following is a brief statement of the manpower position:


sent overseas

Navy 2,074
Air 6,582
Army 52,712
Total 61,368

in new zealand

Navy 3,001
Air 11,280
Army 52,983
Total 67,264
Grand Total 128,632

This total represents 7·6 per cent of the total population and 38 per cent of men within the age groups from which they are drawn. A proportion of the additional 26,500 men to complete the Territorial Force establishment has been balloted and is in process of joining units, while the remainder will be balloted almost immediately. The total mobilised will then be 155,132, leaving a balance of approximately 185,000 in the age group 19 to 45. The bulk of this balance will not be available because of unfitness or postponement for industry.

In addition to the above there is a Home Guard drawn from men between the ages of 16 and 60, with a strength of 100,000, which will be mobilised in the event of attack.