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

430 — General Freyberg to General Wavell

General Freyberg to General Wavell

27 May 1941

Although the situation in the forward area is obscure I believe that the enemy is temporarily held north-west of Suda. The rearguard of Layforce is in position just east of Suda. The majority of the Base details, some wounded, and remnants of the troops from the Maleme sector have been withdrawn to Stilos and Kalibes areas.

The forward troops are pressed and all are being attacked from the air. No choice of action appears open to us. I urge that a decision on evacuation be taken at once so that plans can be made.