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

403 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg (Cairo) — [Extract]

page 374

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg (Cairo)

24 October 1944

General Barrowclough is leaving next week for discussions with you in accordance with the arrangements already made. The object of his visit is, first of all, to consider the question of absorption of officers in the 2nd Division and to discuss also reorganisation in the light of the possible future use of New Zealand land forces in the war against Japan. There appears at the present time to be little prospect of our forces being so required, although it would be unwise to dismiss the possibility entirely. Barrowclough raised with War Cabinet the question of his being appointed to command any force which may be formed to serve against Japan, and he was given the assurance that he would receive most favourable consideration though no commitment could of course be given….1

1 In the text omitted some officer appointments are discussed.