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

302 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

12 October 1943

Your most secret message of 6 October (No. 300) received. We were very pleased to receive your report on the state of training of the Division and its general fitness for the forthcoming operations, in which we are certain that under your able leadership it will give a good account of itself. We note that the question of the Base organisation is now under examination and will be interested to know later what arrangements you finally propose should be made.1

Our warmest good wishes go to you, and to all under your command, in the forthcoming move and the operations which lie ahead of you.

1 A telegram from General Freyberg on 18 Oct, which contained details of the revised Base organisation, has not been reproduced. Briefly, an Advanced Base was established in the Bari area while Rear Base remained at Maadi. General Freyberg's proposals were approved by War Cabinet. In January Headquarters 2nd NZEF also moved to the Bari area from Egypt.