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

21 — General Freyberg to the acting Prime Minister

General Freyberg to the acting Prime Minister

21 June 1941

Reference your telegram of 12 June (No. 19). On returning from Crete I found that negotiations had been in progress between Conway and Brigadier Stevens.1

I talked with the Prime Minister and various matters are at present being considered. As soon as the full facts are available I will telegraph you. The delay is regretted, but I was not in a fit state to give the matter proper consideration on my return from Crete.2

1 Major-General W. G. Stevens, CB, CBE; Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General, 2nd NZ Division, 1940; Officer in charge of Administration, 2nd NZEF, 1940–45; GOC 2nd NZEF, 22 Nov 1945–6 Jul 1946.

2 Mr. Nash replied on 25 Jun that the New Zealand Government would be glad to have General Freyberg's views in due course.