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

348 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

18 November 1943

My telegram of 2 November.1

We have followed with considerable concern the events leading up to the deterioration of the situation on Leros and its final capitulation,2 and we are most anxious to obtain as soon as possible the fullest available information as to the fate of the Long Range Desert Group.

The use of the New Zealand Squadron and the part played by our men in this undertaking, the nature and object of which we are ignorant and indeed are at a loss to understand, are matters upon which a full report is urgently desired, and it would be appreciated if this could be obtained and made available to the New Zealand Government at the earliest possible moment.

2 The forces on Leros surrendered on 16 Nov.