Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II
63 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Your telegram of 25 July (No. 61). The question of the reinforcement of the New Zealand Division in the Middle East had already been raised with us by General Freyberg, and we have now decided that in spite of our preoccupations as to the defence of New Zealand and possible operations in this part of the world, in connection with which we have been asked to send New Zealand troops to Pacific areas,2 and the really serious questions of manpower that are now page 47 confronting us, we must nevertheless, in the meantime at any rate, reinforce the Division. Accordingly, arrangements are being made to despatch a draft as soon as possible.
Will you please give Mr. Nash1 a copy of this message.
2 See Volume III, Formation and Employment of 3rd New Zealand Division.