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Bardia to Enfidaville


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New Zealand

‘These preliminary narratives are based on the divisional, brigade, and unit war diaries of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, supplemented by miscellaneous reports, records of interviews, eyewitness accounts, signal messages, strength states, sketches, citations, and unofficial material yielded by correspondence and interviews with participants. The narratives also contain the comments of those who read them in New Zealand or the United Kingdom.

  • GOC's Papers: a diary kept by Lieutenant-General Freyberg (or for him by his Personal Assistant), supplemented by relevant papers and reports grouped in files.

    • File 26, General (Employment of Division).

    • File 27, Turning El Agheila Position.

    • File 28, Nofilia to Tripoli.

    • File 29, Rommel's Attack at Medenine.

    • File 30, The Mareth Operations.

    • File 31, Akarit to Enfidaville.

    • File 32, General (Administration, Sicily and Italy).

    • File 39, Manpower, Reinforcements, the Furlough Scheme.

    • File 40, Notes for History of Left Hook.

    • File 41, Conference in Tripoli, Feb 1943.

    • File 42, Cables to Prime Minister (policy, administration, and reports).

    • File 45, GOC's Diary, Part III, 3/9/42–3/9/43.

  • Policy files, Army Headquarters, Wellington.

  • Policy files, Prime Minister's Department, Wellington.

  • Operations Pugilist and Supercharge II, a Study of Command, unpublished thesis by I. McL. Wards.

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United Kingdom

German and Italian

Many of the enemy documents captured during the progress of the war were translated and appended to the relevant war diaries. After the war the bulk of the material captured in Germany — generally speaking, complete documentation at divisional level and above — was transferred to Washington, USA. Mr W. D. Dawson was sent to Washington by the War History Branch to appraise this material and translate whatever had reference to the War History Branch programme. He also traced copies of many maps and diagrams. In addition, the author had access to the United Kingdom Enemy Documents Section. Unfortunately, as the enemy became hard-pressed, his documentation in Tunisia petered out.

Little lower-level Italian material for this period has survived the war. Most of the documents, usually at command level, that were consulted have survived only because they had been duplicated to a German command.

The chief enemy documents consulted were:

  • German-Italian Forces in Africa, 23 October 1942–23 February 1943. (German war narrative.)

  • German-Italian Army reports.

  • Appreciations by Colonel-General von Arnim, General Messe, and Field-Marshal Rommel of the situation in Tunisia, February-March 1943.

  • Report by Marshal Bastico on operations in Libya, 16 November 1942–3 February 1943.

  • Reports by General Messe on actions from Mareth to Akarit, 16–31 March 1943.

  • Reports from 1 Italian Army to Italian Supreme Command, 14 March—13 May 1943.

    • 1 Italian Army reports.

    • Africa Corps war diaries and appendices.

    • 10 Panzer Division war diaries and appendices.

    • 15 Panzer Division war diaries and appendices.

    • 21 Panzer Division war diaries and appendices.

    • 90 Light Division war diaries and appendices.

    • 164 Light Division war diaries and appendices.

    • 135 Anti-Aircraft Regiment war diaries.

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United Kingdom
United States of America
  • Howe, George F., The Mediterranean theatre of Operations, Northwest Africa: Seizing the Initiative in the West (US Army in World War II), Military History Department of the Army, Washington, 1957.

New Zealand

(All but the first of the works in this section are published by the War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.)