White, born in New Zealand, published a novel and hundreds of short stories and articles before joining the Herald and Weekly Times before World War II.
Accredited as a war correspondent in 1941, he covered the New Guinea campaigns, including Kokoda. While attached to the US fleet, he witnessed several naval battles before being wounded at Rendovas Island.
He wrote Green Armour, a classic of jungle warfare, while convalescing, before a posting to Europe.
He covered the liberation of Buchenwald and other concentration camps, as well as the signing of the German surrender.
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