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

304 — General Freyberg (London) to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg (London) to the Minister of Defence

26 July 1940

Reference the Secretary of State's telegram of 22 July (No. 301) and the Governor-General's telegram of 23 July (No. 302) which has just arrived.

I have cabled regarding escort—see my message of 25 July.1

The Admiralty will cable regarding the route to be taken, which they will not disclose to me.

Transportation units in the Middle East will be Army troops and will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Engineer, Army Headquarters. I feel that that arrangement will be to the satisfaction of all concerned. As I shall be in the Middle East by then and can keep my eye upon them, I suggest the New Zealand Government should agree.

1 This telegram was not received. See No. 306 for repetition of message.