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

352 — War Cabinet Minute

page 376

War Cabinet Minute

Minister of Defence


1. That the War Establishment of 2nd NZEF in Pacific (3rd Division) be increased from 14,400 all ranks (vide War Cabinet approvals of 13,500 on 21 October 1942 and 900 on 5 November 1942) to 17,637 all ranks. The details of the increase are shown on attached schedule.1

2. That Anti-Aircraft and Coast Artillery personnel now with 3rd Division and Anti-Aircraft personnel now in Fiji (not included in the new War Establishment in paragraph 1) totalling 2211 all ranks, when relieved by United States Forces be available as reinforcements for 3rd Division.

3. That the first reinforcements amounting to 1263 all ranks be despatched to 3rd Division and that early priority be given to the despatch of these troops.

4. That the following units be made available for temporary duty with 3rd Division:

Docks Unit 90
Construction Unit 300

In War Cabinet, 6 March 1943. Approved.

1 Not published.