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Object: Jungle knife

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Title Jungle knife
Production Unknown, 1940s
Medium summary metal knife in a leather sheath
Materials metal
Classification knives
Dimensions Overall: 300mm (Length) x 87mm (Width) x 35mm (Depth)
Credit line Gift of the McCredie family, 2012
Registration number GH023334/1

This jungle knife and sheath were issued to Sapper Vivian McCredie while in the Western Pacific during WWII. They were standard issue equipment for New Zealand soldiers operating in this theatre of war. 'Mac' was in the 23rd Field Company Engineers, of the NZ 3rd Division. His service number was 472323. He joined the army on 7 January 1943, and was discharged on 10 July 1944. He saw active service in the Treasury Islands (part of the Solomons), where he took part in the Mono Island landing. He was in Fiji and New Caledonia before this, where the division did garrison duty and training.

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