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. In 1939 new zealand was far less well prepared for war than it had been in 1914 nevertheless more than 140000 new zealanders nearly 9 per cent of the dominions total population enlisted to fight overseas for king and country during world war ii. In 2011 he wrote ospreys maa 473 the new zealand expeditionary force in world war i and in 2012 completed a phd thesis at the university of canterbury on the new zealand army officer corps of 1909 45. In 1939 more than 140000 new zealanders enlisted to fight overseas during world war ii of these 104000 served in the second new zealand expeditionary force. 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 ii ultimately the nzef of world war i was known as the first new zealand expeditionary force
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