THE MEN TO BE USED
WELLINGTON, this day. Details of the composition of the two-brigade New Zealand Division *hat it is proposed to use to assist m the defeat of Japan—if the House of Representatives so decides—were If^Tt in p£ House ttKla y b y t ne .Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash. While agreeing that, the wide dispersal of the Japanese forces made the Japanese homeland more vulnerable, he stressed tnat the enemy was still very formidable. Mr. Nash said there were 12,000 men m the Middle East, consisting of the Eleventh to the Fifteenth Reintorcements, that it was planned to u f e v lf nece ssary, against Japan. Out of those, in addition to men of the bixtn to Tenth Reinforcements, it I ■was proposed to bring home all men! \yno had had two years' service in j the Pacific as well. •Of Pacific men in the Middle East, 3133 men would be returned, and there were 131 men, with three children or more, who would automatically come back. Something over 5000 men were already in camp in New Zealand, representing the Sixteenth Reinforcement, and it was expected that 4300 would be available to enable the force the House was discussing to be sent into action. Close to Invasion of New Zealand Mr/Nash said it was tremendously fortunate for the United Nations that Japan had such great successes at the start of the war. It resulted in the Japanese spreading themselves all over Asia and the South-West Pacific, and that spreading had so crippled them that in the main , islands of Honshu and Kyushu therewere about 1,500.000 men only. They had almost as many men in China J and Manchukuo and large numbers . from the Andaman Islands in the ] Indian Ocean, right across to the , Bougainville and surrounding . theatre, where there were between I 50,000 and 60,000. They also had ' 90,000 men on Luzon and it was known what an amazing fight they J had put up on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. *
In 1942 Japan came very close to invading New Zealand but the Australians and Americans in New Guinea stemmed the tide. The battle of the Coral Sea was not won by the Allies—it .was a 50-50 fight and the enemy.went away. Had he known how; near he was to succeeding, he "would have staved on and the position ."would have been bad. The power of the Japanese militarists had to be crushed. In 1927 the Labour movement had been growing up in Japan but it was put down. The Minister said he hoped it would rise again, as in other countries. (Other reference to the proposals appears on the Leader Page.)
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TWO BRIGADES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945
TWO BRIGADES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945
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