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

382 — Major-General Barrowclough to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

Major-General Barrowclough to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

31 July 1943

Reference comsopac signal of 26 July and your G.4943 of 28 June.2 I am of the opinion that 3rd Division is equipped and trained for the proposed operations, subject to the arrival of the Tank Squadron Group, 26 Field Company and 24 Field Ambulance, and subject to the delivery of ammunition to Guadalcanal as per table accompanying my most secret letter of 13 July.3 I understand these units and ammunition are ready for shipment and the provision of shipping rests with the United States. Does War Cabinet approve my certifying to this effect to comsopac, who desires certificate before arranging forward transportation? Hon. Mr Perry and General Puttick have seen and approved the text of this message. Comsopac asking urgently for certificate.

2 Not published. This telegram repeated to General Barrowclough the text of No. 369 to Admiral Halsey.

3 Not published.