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

314 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

14 February 1944

As you know, we have temporarily become the New Zealand Corps for the coming operation, and in addition to the Indian Division another British division may be placed under our command. In order to keep clear of detail I have, subject to your approval, brought in Brigadier Kippenberger to command the New Zealand Division temporarily with the rank of Major-General.1

1 The appointment was approved by War Cabinet in a telegram dated 16 Feb in which it wished the New Zealand Corps ‘all success’. A telegram from General Freyberg on 2 Mar (not published) advised that General Kippenberger had been wounded and that Brigadier G. B. Parkinson had been appointed to command the Division temporarily.