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

405 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

1 November 1944

Your telegram of 22 October (No. 402). War Cabinet greatly appreciate the thorough manner in which the problem of the reorganisation of the Division is being dealt with.

Your proposals have been examined in conjunction with the Chief of the General Staff and it is agreed that the units listed in the second paragraph of your telegram should be disbanded.

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Any reductions you make will of course help us considerably, as the manpower in sight in the next six months is no more than sufficient to implement the replacement scheme agreed upon, and no extra ‘personnel’ for reinforcements, as distinct from ‘replacements’, will be available in that period.

It is considered that you should proceed with further reorganisation within the Division as you think fit along the lines best suited to the task to hand.