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

33 — The Hon. W. Nash2 (Wellington) to the Hon. P. Fraser

The Hon. W. Nash2 (Wellington) to the Hon. P. Fraser

15 November 1939

The Government have decided, after full consideration of his record and brilliant service, to offer the appointment of General Officer Commanding the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to Major-General Freyberg. This decision should remain confidential until further advice and no public reference or announcement should be made in the meantime.

2 Rt. Hon. Walter Nash, PC, Minister of Finance and Customs from 1935 to date; Deputy Prime Minister since Mar 1940; New Zealand Minister at Washington, 1942–44.