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

270 — General Freyberg to the Prime Minister

General Freyberg to the Prime Minister

25 May 1943

Thank you for your telegram of 25 May.

I have consulted all my Brigadiers and technical commanders. They all agree that 6000 can be sent without damaging the battle-worthiness of the Division, so long as the limits I suggested in my telegram of 23 May (No. 266) regarding key officers, junior officers, NCO leaders, instructors, and technicians are adhered to. We are all quite certain that by 1 October your Division will be fully fit for any operational role.

The ballot commences tomorrow morning and will take two days. We shall not allow any interference with it.

As the men will, I hope, be returning with a good deal of accumulated pay, will Cabinet agree to my keeping back any known Crown and Anchor players without giving any reasons?

I have notified General Headquarters about non-divisional units in terms of my telegram of 24 May (No. 268).