Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
422 — The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Although I sympathise and share your feelings of anxiety I cannot accept the implications of the final sentence of your telegram. The suggestion that we are holding back air assistance for the sake of the United Kingdom is really quite unfounded. There are ample aircraft in the United Kingdom and we have been sending them as fast as possible by every route and by every method. As far as the Navy is concerned, Admiral Cunningham has been directed by the Admiralty to give the strongest support to Crete in spite of his losses. On the question of military reinforcements you should communicate with General Wavell, who has received similar instructions. I have done, and will continue to do, everything in my power. I hope to see you in England soon.