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

271 — General Freyberg to the Prime Minister

page 246

General Freyberg to the Prime Minister

25 May 1943

Reference my visit to New Zealand.

Before I go I feel that I must finalise arrangements for the return of personnel, and I want to see and thank the men after the ballot is drawn. I am now examining reduction of establishments and dilution with women from New Zealand, Egyptian native labour, and Italian prisoners. If I am to clear up matters here and come prepared to discuss the future, I feel that the earliest I could leave here by air would be 7 June. Would this fit in with your arrangements?1

1 General Freyberg left Cairo by air on 6 Jun for the United Kingdom, and arrived in New Zealand on the 20th. He left again on 10 Jul for the Middle East, via Australia, the United States, and United Kingdom, and arrived back in Cairo on 31 Jul. On his way to New Zealand he visited the 3rd Division in New Caledonia.