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

87 — Headquarters 2nd NZEF (Cairo) to the Chief of the General Staff (Wellington)

Headquarters 2nd NZEF (Cairo) to the Chief of the General Staff (Wellington)

22 August 1940

On the arrival of the Australian division1 at Helwan by the end of August our troops are to take over defence of Lines of Communication. The infantry relieve an Indian brigade.2 The 26th Battery, which is not yet equipped, is to take over in position one troop of 4.5-inch howitzers at Amiriya and one troop of six 18-pounders at Maaten Baggush. Two companies of the Machine Gun Battalion defend the Amiriya area against airborne attack. The Divisional Cavalry, 25th Battery, and the Machine Gun Battalion, less two companies, are in reserve and work on defences in the vicinity of Maaten Baggush. The 6th Field Company remain at Alexandria. The Anti-Tank Battery is training 180 Regular British and Indian and Australian infantry officers and other ranks on one month's course and will remain at Maadi till 15 September.

1 6th Australian Division.

2 A brigade of 4th Indian Division.