Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
85 — The High Commissioner for New Zealand (London) to the Prime Minister
The High Commissioner for New Zealand (London) to the Prime Minister
This morning I took up the matter of equipment with the Secretary of State for War,2 who admitted that the First Echelon requires certain additions to bring it up to war establishment and stated that these are being supplied as quickly as possible. The force from here3 will be fully equipped with modern arms. Equipment on a training scale will await the arrival of the Third Echelon and every effort has been promised for earliest completion to war establishment.
I expressed your concern at the slow progress in equipping our force and at the vagueness as to the date of delivery to the First and Third Echelons.4 The Secretary of State for War promised to give the matter his personal attention. He will give me full details on 16 August, after which I will cable you.
2 Rt. Hon. R. A. Eden.
3 The Second Echelon.