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

83 — General Freyberg to the Chief of the General Staff (Wellington)

General Freyberg to the Chief of the General Staff (Wellington)

16 June 1940

The following is for the Minister of Defence and General Duigan: As arranged with the Minister, I leave here on the 17th arriving in England approximately on the 21st. After the 17th all personal or very secret telegrams for me should be addressed to the High Commissioner for New Zealand in London; all telegrams involving new matters should go to London with a copy to Headquarters, 2nd NZEF, Cairo; all other telegrams should go to Headquarters, 2nd NZEF, Cairo. Headquarters' office staff will still be in Cairo with Stevens and Gentry for (a) administration, and (b) training of Divisional units, for both of which purposes they deal direct with me. Puttick is responsible for training the 4th Infantry Brigade and for local administration and discipline. In the event of active operations during my absence in the United Kingdom, the New page 68 Zealand troops in Egypt would come under his command. I recommend that during my absence you should grant Brigadier Puttick the same special power granted to Brigadier Miles.1