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

407 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

17 November 1944

Will you see my telegram of 1 November and Conway's telegram of 14 November.2 As you know, the whole replacement scheme was framed to enable the Division to utilise the months of February and March for collective training of new personnel. The result of delaying the departure of the 14th Reinforcements until the first week in January will have most adverse repercussions upon the smooth working of the replacement scheme. The scheme as a whole page 378 has had a good effect upon the spirit of the Division. Already the 5300 other ranks of the Tongariro draft will have to be sent back into the line in a week's time to carry out active operations. This is unavoidable, but I feel that further delay in sending back these men to New Zealand will make the implementing of the replacement scheme more difficult. Can the strongest representation be made to the United Kingdom Government to get the 14th Reinforcements away a month earlier ?

2 Not published. In this telegram Brigadier Conway reported that the estimated date of departure from New Zealand of the 14th Reinforcements was approximately 6 Jan 1945.