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

157 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

page 122

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

11 August 1942

I have to report that I took over command of the Division yesterday but today received orders to take over command of 13th Corps temporarily due to the death of General Gott.1 I have recalled Inglis to command the Division until someone arrives to take over command of the Corps. I will keep you in touch with the situation. Present indications are that the enemy will resume the offensive at an early date.

I visited the 5th and 6th Brigades today and found everyone fit and in good heart.

1 Lieutenant-General W. H. E. Gott, CBE, DSO, MC; GOC 7th Armoured Division, Sep 1941-Feb 1942; commanded 13th Corps, Feb-Aug 1942; killed in aircraft accident, 9 Aug 1942.