Monday, April 18, 2005
The 2nd New Zealand Divisional armour
The 2nd New Zealand Division had its own divisional cavalry regiment. They had been mechanized, originally, with light tanks and carriers. Due to the New Zealander's dislike for how they were supported by the dedicated armour units, they eventually adopted a "new model" divisional organization with two infantry brigades and one armoured brigade. The 4th NZ Brigade had been battered near Ruweisat Ridge in July 1942, so they became the obvious choice to convert. While they were training, the 9th Armoured Brigade was attached to the division for the Second Battle of El-Alamein. After the decision was made to retain the 2nd New Zealand division in the Mediterranean Theater, rather than to transfer them to the Far East, the 4th Brigade rejoined the division. As an armoured brigade, they were initially equipped with 150 Sherman tanks.