Post by samuelkirby88 on Jan 7, 2013 19:57:57 GMT 12
Hey everyone, I'm new to this site, currently I am doing research into the Royal New Zealand Navy for a university paper. I am from Devonport, Auckland, which i suppose is the reason for my interest in the RNZN having grown up with fort Cautley and North head just a walk away.
I am looking for any documents or books that highlight the Auckland city defences during WW2, or any sites you could recommend that talk in depth about the NZ Defence forces, including the RNZAF and NZ Army during WW2.
On another note, totally unrelated to research, I was curious about what kind of boots/ footwear is issued to new RNZN recruits, and if anyone knew where they may be available.
You could perhaps also try SD Waters NZ official naval history of WWII at the NZETC site, and the book Blue-Water Rationale by IC McGibbon. Not sure if there is anything in either of those two though. Most of NZ's coastal defences started out in the Russian invasion scare of the 1880s.
I know there were other places in NZ with gun emplacements and underground bunkers - Wellington region had a lot and Godley heads on Banks Peninsular east of Christchurch, but obviously many more in other places...
The boots I got issued from the Navy clothing store when I was posted to Te Mana are a reinforced toe boot made by John Bull. These are the standard boot issued with Navy General Working Dress (GWDs - the dark blue aramid fibre rig), so I assume once recruits are issued with GWDs they also get the boots.
I've also seen plenty of navy pers wearing Hi tec Magnums as well.
Post by samuelkirby88 on Jan 10, 2013 19:37:21 GMT 12
Thank you so much, I had no Idea of the sort of feedback I would recieve, and has all been helpfull! Especially the link to Peter Cooke's Defending New Zealand, i will purchace the book when I find it online.
Thanks again, perhaps when I finish my University paper I will post it up here for scrutiny.