World War II letters and cards, Howard Kippenberger

Dear Jim [W. D.] : Image 4 of 4

Image of Dear Jim [W. D.] 13/12/40

  • Title Dear Jim [W. D.]
  • Creator Howard Kippenberger
  • Date 13/12/40
  • Image 4 of 4
  • Notes Letter summary: 752/7. 13 Dec 1940. Letter to Jim to tell that he and his men had no part in the victory that saw Graziani out of Egypt. "Most bitter disappointment". Really was a brilliant victory. Details how the fighting went, about four days of manoeuvring for the victory. Telly of Prisoners up to 37,000 saw hordes of prisoners while in Mabiah. Our own casualties under 1000. "whatever happens wont make up for missing a share in our first victory of the war". Includes a rough map of the formation of attack.
  • Source Archive 752
  • Parent Collection World War II letters and cards, 1940-1945.
  • Parent Collection Description Howard Karl Kippenberger (1897-1957) was born in Ladbrooks, south of Christchurch. In 1916 he served at the Somme, where he was wounded and discharged. He trained as a lawyer, practising in Rangiora. In 1922 he married Ruth Isabel Flynn in Lyttelton. In 1939 at the outbreak of war he was given command of the 20th Canterbury/Otago Battalion. As these letters show, he served in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, rising to the rank of Major General. In Italy he stood on a land mine, losing both his feet. He became an administrator, in charge of the relocation of prisoners of war. Back home in New Zealand after the war he was appointed Editor-in-chief of the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs. Service numbers: WWI 11682, WWII 7128.
  • Collection Location ANZC Archives
  • File Reference CCL-C81111945-029

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