Information used in writing this volume was obtained principally from the following sources:
War files held in the Prime Minister's Department, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.
(These contain the most valuable documents concerning all negotiations with Commonwealth countries, the progress of the war, the development and exploitation of manpower resources and supplies, and communications between Governments, Ministers, diplomatic officials and senior commanders in the field.)
G Branch secret files held by Army Headquarters, Wellington.
War diaries of all New Zealand military formations serving in the Pacific.
Unit histories of 3 New Zealand Division, 2 NZEF IP
The History of the Fiji Military Forces, 1939–45
Monographs held by the G2 Section of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Tokyo.
(These monographs contained the available translated records of the Japanese Navy, Army, and Air Force which were compiled from remaining Japanese war records, and personal letters, diaries, and reminiscences of senior officers who had served in the Pacific. Most of the Japanese war records were either lost in the bombing of Tokyo or intentionally destroyed immediately after the surrender.)
Documentary evidence taken during the International War Trials in Tokyo.
The War Reports of General of the Army George C. Marshall, General of the Army H. H. Arnold, and Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King.
Narratives of the United States Navy in the Pacific, issued by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King.
Guadalcanal: the First Offensive, by John Miller, Jnr. (United States Official History)
The Second World War, by Winston S. Churchill, Volumes II and III.
Narratives compiled and held by the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.
Major-General H. E. Barrowclough's personal diary, letters from or lent by numerous correspondents, newspaper files and press clippings.page 364
|Editor-in-Chief||Sir Howard K. Kippenberger, KBE, CB, DSO, ED|
|Associate Editor||M. C. Fairbrother, DSO, OBE, ED|
|Sub-Editor||W. A. Glue|
|Illustrations Editor||J. D. Pascoe|
|Archives Officer||A. E. Monaghan|
|Draughtsman||L. D. McCormick|
the author: Lieutenant-Colonel O. A. Gillespie, MBE, MM, m.i.d., served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in France in the First World War, winning the Military Medal and gaining a commission from the ranks. He served in Fiji in 1940 as Intelligence Officer in 8 Infantry Brigade Group, and with 3 NZ Division in New Caledonia and the Solomons. From 1946 to 1949 he was on the staff of Headquarters British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan as Assistant Director and later Director of Public Relations. A former journalist, he is now on the staff of the National Broadcasting Service in Wellington.