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

406 — General Freyberg (Cairo) to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg (Cairo) to the Minister of Defence

1 November 1944

I have seen Conway's telegram of 31 October to Stevens.1

I hope there will be no considerable delay in the sailing date of the 14th Reinforcements. The successful implementing of the replacement scheme depends on the arrival of the 14th Reinforcements to replace in part 350 officers and 5300 other ranks to be released, and upon their arrival in time to be absorbed into the Division before the active campaigning season starts. I am not aware of the actual shipping situation, but I am letting you know my feeling of anxiety as you may wish to make representations on War Cabinet level.

1 Not published. Brigadier Conway reported that the departure of the 14th Reinforcements from New Zealand would probably be delayed because of the difficulty being experienced by the War Office in arranging shipping at short notice.