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

23 — Headquarters 2nd NZEF to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

Headquarters 2nd NZEF to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

25 June 1941

Your telegram of 20 June (No. 20).

As indicated in my telegram of 21 June1 I will cable the amended 7th Reinforcement figures today.

The formation of the Tank Brigade was agreed to in principle by the Prime Minister, but he stated that the final decision would not be made until the New Zealand authorities had investigated the implications and had consulted him by cable.2

The Prime Minister also agreed that New Zealand should find its quota of Corps troops, but on the same understanding as above.

With regard to the formation of the Anzac Corps, the Prime Minister consulted Generals Wavell and Blamey and afterwards talked over the proposal with me. All were agreed in wanting it, and if the New Zealand Government favour the proposal, it only requires the Commonwealth Government's agreement to bring it into existence.