The new zealand expeditionary force nzef was the title of the military forces sent from new zealand to fight alongside other british empire and dominion troops during world war i 1914 1918 and world war ii 1939 1945 ultimately the nzef of world war i became known as the first new zealand expeditionary forcethe nzef of world war ii was known as the second new zealand expeditionary . The day after the declaration of war the british government requested new zealand seize the wireless station on the island of upolu part of imperial germanys protectorate of german samoa deeming it an a great and urgent imperial service a mixed force of 1413 men known as the samoan expeditionary force sef under the command of colonel robert logan plus six nursing sisters sailed . The new zealand expeditionary force in world war i introduction a this profile image of a main body infantry nco was taken in new zealand c1914 the collar badges and shoulder titles are indecipherable but his rank of quartermaster sergeant is identified by the embroidered eight point star badge above the sleeve chevrons he wears the early . The new zealand expeditionary force earned an elite reputation on the western front in world war i and the new zealanders war effort was a defining moment in their national history the statistics are astonishing of the total population of new zealand. The new zealand expeditionary force nzef was the title of the military forces sent from new zealand to fight for britain during world war i and world war iiultimately the nzef of world war i was known as the first new zealand expeditionary forcethe nzef of world war ii was known as the second new zealand expeditionary force
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