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Official N.Z.E.F. War Correspondent ROME, July 30. "Now that the time has come for the Eighth Army to disperse, I want to thank and congratulate all ranks of the Second N.Z.E.F. on the splendid contribution you have made to victory. Your Division has longer association with the Eighth Army than any other and your magnificent fighting record is second to none," states General McCreery, former commander of the Eighth Army, in a message to all ranks of the N.Z~E.F.

"After your early battles in Greece and Crete, you concentrated on the Middle East in June, 1941, and joined the Eighth Army when it was first formed in September, 1941. Since then you have fought many famous actions.

"The relief of Tobruk in June, 1942. the action at Minqar Quaim, the battle of El Alamein and the pursuit to Tripoli, the battle of Mareth and the famous left hook which broke through the Gabes Gap, finally the hard battles of the Italian campaign which culminated in the decisive victory which destroyed the enemy south of the River Po—in all these your Division has played its part with distinction, and your, splendid fighting qualities achieved successes that often have been decisive to the operations of the army as a whole. Well done, indeed.

"New Zealand will be proud of the high position you hold among the armies of the Empire," added General McCreery. "You leave the Eighth Army with the affection and good wishes of all who fought with you through the long and arduous campaigns of the last four years. We shall miss you much. Good luck to you all."

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'WELL DONE, INDEED', Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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'WELL DONE, INDEED' Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 180, 1 August 1945

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