Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
478 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom1
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom1
Your telegram of 13 August [No. 476].
New Zealand participation in the British Commonwealth Force for the occupation of Japan is still under consideration by the New Zealand Government, and inquiries are now being made as to the possibility of obtaining sufficient men for a brigade group on a volunteer basis from men now with the 2nd New Zealand Division in Italy.
2. It is agreed that one New Zealand squadron should be made available for the tactical air force contingent referred to in paragraph 3 (c) of your telegram under reference.
3. While we are agreed to the association of Royal New Zealand Air Force squadrons with the Australian force which is to accept the surrender of the Japanese troops in Borneo and the territory to the east thereof, and will make two squadrons available for this purpose, we assume that this mission will be of short duration, and that it will be possible for these two New Zealand squadrons to be relieved and returned to New Zealand when the surrender of Borneo and contiguous territories is completed.
4. We agree to the continued attachment of New Zealand ships to the British Pacific Fleet.