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The guns for Castor Bay came from the Naval Armaments Depot at Kauri Point and were delivered on site 5 April 1941 and test fired in July 1941.  Unlike other similar batteries the tunnels were constructed afterwards by the cut and fill method; construction began in November 1941 and was completed by the end of May 1942.

Key statistics:
Population at outbreak of  war: 1,632,000
Men of military age:  355,000
Men and women who served overseas:  135,000
Men and women who joined forces during the war:  205,000
Peak number in Home Guard:  124,000
Peak number in E.P.S.:  150,000
Peak mobilization (September 1942):  127,000
Navy:  6,000
Air Force:  24,000

Total:  157,000.

Casualties:
Deaths:  10,130
Missing:  634

Prisoners (peak):  8,086

Wounded:  19,345


Munitions and equipment:
The value of war equipment was 42,000,000  (British Pounds).
Food shipments during the war:
To Britain:
1,800,000 tons of meat
685,000 tons of butter
625,000 tons of cheese.
To United States Forces:
190,000 tons of meat
23,000 tons of butter
137,000 tons of vegetables.
In addition:  5,400,000 bales of wool were appraised for shipment to Brittain.
(Information taken from 'booklet War Effort prepared by The Information Section of The prime Minister's Department - 1946