Lt Col Howard Kippenberger (1897-1957)

Lt Col Howard Kippenberger, commander of the newly formed 10th NZ Brigade, was born in Ladbrooks, New Zealand in 1897 and served as a private soldier with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He was badly wounded in the arm just after the battle of the Somme by shrapnel and discharged from the army in April 1917. He became a lawyer in Rangiora during the interwar years and joined the Territorial Force in 1924. At the outbreak of the Second World War he commanded the 20th NZ Battalion from September 1939 until April 1941 where he took over control of 10th NZ Brigade. He assumed command again in June 1941 until the end of the year and then commanded 5th NZ Brigade from January 1942 until June 1943 and again from November 1943 until February 1944. He briefly commanded the New Zealand Division from 30 April until 14 May 1943 and 9 February to 2 March 1944 when he was badly wounded after stepping on a mine. After the war, he became the Editor-in-Chief, New Zealand War Histories from 1947 until his death in 1957.

How to cite this article: Antill, P. (10 November 2006), Lt Col Howard Kippenberger (1897-1957), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_kippenberger.html

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