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

404 — General Freyberg to General Wavell

General Freyberg to General Wavell

16 May 1941

My plans for the defence of Crete have been completed, and I have just returned from a final tour of the defences. The visits have encouraged me greatly. Everywhere all ranks are fit and morale is now high. All the defences have been strengthened and the positions wired as much as possible. We have forty-five field guns in action with adequate ammunition dumped. There are two infantry tanks at each aerodrome. Carriers and transport are still being unloaded and delivered. The 2nd Battalion, Leicesters, have arrived and will make Heraklion stronger. Although I do not wish to seem over-confident, I feel that at least we will give an excellent account of ourselves, and with the help of the Royal Navy I trust that Crete will be held.