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

251 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

11 February 1943

I have received a copy of Army Headquarters' message of 5 February (No. 249) to Brigadier Stevens. Although a question of policy outside my province, I had considered raising the matter with you at the conclusion of this campaign. We are at present preparing for further operations, and as you will realise it would be most unsettling to the Division to have the matter mentioned at this stage. If for any reason the Government should decide to implement the scheme before the Tunis operation is completed, I would earnestly suggest that the Division should be withdrawn from an operational role before the matter is promulgated.

I shall discuss the question of implementing the Government's policy with Stevens and cable suggestions later.