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

418 — General Freyberg to General Wavell

General Freyberg to General Wavell

23 May 1941

The enemy have attacked with a view to taking Suda Bay. They have dive-bombed our forward troops and used artillery freely against them. Troop-carriers continue to arrive at Maleme and the position in front here is obscure. Casualties have been heavy and page 304 the men are tired but will fight on. I hope to reorganise my position at dusk but fear that some of my troops and wounded were cut off last night. The situation here is critical.

We have been greatly cheered by the Blenheims' attack which has just been delivered on Maleme aerodrome.