Freyberg, Bernard

(1889—1963) army officer and governor-general of New Zealand

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New Zealand general. A professional soldier, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces (November 1939). He commanded the unsuccessful Commonwealth expedition to Greece and Crete (June 1941). He took an active part in the North African and Italian campaigns, where his New Zealand Division greatly distinguished itself, although suffering heavy losses. From 1945 until 1952 he was governor-general of New Zealand.

Subjects: Second World War — World History.