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

24 — General Freyberg to the Prime Minister of New Zealand1 — [Extract]

page 15

General Freyberg to the Prime Minister of New Zealand1

20 September 1941

Your telegram of 17 September.2

….3 I have explained to General Auchinleck4 the New Zealand Government's view on the formation of the Anzac Corps. The Commonwealth Government have not yet expressed their view. However, it is not possible to form the Anzac Corps yet as the 6th Australian Division is not yet equipped and trained after Greece and Crete, and the 9th Australian Division is in Tobruk. If still desired, it might be possible to do so after some months, depending on the result of the operations now contemplated.5

1 Mr. Fraser had returned to New Zealand on 14 Sep.

3 See Libyan Campaign, 1941–42 (No. 99) for complete text.

4 Field-Marshal Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck, GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE; GOC-in-C, India, 1941; GOC-in-C, Middle East, 1941–42; GOC-in-C, India, 1943–47.

5 No further telegrams between the two Governments on this subject can be traced.