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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I

382 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister of New Zealand to General Freyberg

2 May 1941

The whole Dominion will be greatly relieved and inspired by your message of 30 April (No. 380). With all its hazards the decision to help Greece has been nobly sustained and supported by the amazing achievements of your men. Whatever the future may bring, our souls are strengthened by the fact that the step was taken with all its known dangers and risks, and nations which make and carry out such decisions will face whatever may come, and conquer. It is on such achievements that the foundations of the future are being laid, and it is this knowledge which sustains and strengthens the inspiration to be free.

I extend to you personally, and to your officers and men, the heartfelt gratitude and congratulations of the Government, the War Cabinet, and the people of the Dominion for the truly magnificent stand you have made in the face of overwhelming odds. Never has the Dominion been more proud of its men than it is today.