Acknowledgements Note on nomenclature Preface 1. The Great Pacific War: A brief overview 2. Defence Dilemmas and Strategic Nightmares 3. New Zealand's Achilles Heel: The vulnerable northern approaches 4. Into the Pacific: Fijian genesis 5. Japan Enters the War 6. Confusion and Obfuscation: Forming a division 7. Growing Pains 8. New Caledonia: The land of the Niaouli trees 9. To the Solomons: Into the forward area 10. Fighting on Vella Lavella: Initiation to battle 11. The Treasury Islands: Operating Goodtime - A Diversionary Operation 12. The Green Islands: Operation Squarepeg 13. Death of a Division 14. 'Mud, Mosquitos and Monotony': The hard slog 15. Columbia's Apprentice: Fighting with the Americans 16. Aftermath 17. The Achievements of 3NZ Division Notes Appendix: The organisation of 3NZ Division at its height, early 1943, New Caledonia Glossary Bibliography Index
After gaining a master's degree at the American Military University, Reg Newell completed a doctorate at Massey University on New Zealand's involvement in the Pacific in World War Two. Pacific Star is based on his research. He is passionate that 3NZ Division is properly recognised and remembered.